Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate, is a popular scenic backdrop for many a photo opportunity: from history-themed gatherings, to prom pictures, to family photos, to weddings. Here, a smattering of images taken with Ashland as a fine backdrop:
YOU ARE HERE -> CHRISTMAS 1856 While Henry Clay had not been home for many Christmases at Ashland due to Congress being in session, once James and Susan Clay come to Ashland in the 1850s, we begin to get details of how Christmas was celebrated at the estate. James had rebuilt the Ashland mansion between … More An Early Christmas at Ashland
YOU ARE HERE -> 1880s-today If you have ever visited Ashland, you likely remember the unusual octagonal, skylight-crowned Library and the exotic light fixture hanging down in the middle of the room: a serpent’s head. Those of us who lead tours through the mansion witness the amazement on most guests’ faces when they enter this … More The Flame-throwing Serpent at Ashland
YOU ARE HERE -> 1950s – today Among Ashland’s most prized artifacts for decades were two pair of fancy draperies, which were on display for Ashland’s 1950 Opening Day. In 1953 Mrs. Seay told the Herald-Leader, “Probably the items on display in the house that most capture the fancy of visitors are the gold brocaded … More The Curious Case of The Golden Draperies
YOU ARE HERE -> 1814-today A fragile and precious artifact periodically makes its appearance at Ashland today: Henry Clay’s ceremonial jacket that he wore at the signing of the Treaty of Ghent. Clay had been part of the American delegation sent to Belgium to negotiate a peace treaty with the British in 1814, which effectively … More A Treasured Artifact: Clay’s Ghent Jacket
YOU ARE HERE -> TODAY Since Henry Clay’s time, his life and legacy—especially his career as a statesman—have been extensively studied and publicized. Much has also been written about many of his family members and particular aspects of the estate, especially Clay’s life at Ashland. No biographer can give Ashland short shrift. But, until Ashland … More So, What’s Been Written About Ashland?
YOU ARE HERE -> up to 1852 Henry Clay took his farm seriously. Farming got in his blood during his youth in the Slashes of Virginia, where he grew up on a large farm. At Ashland, Clay was as interested in financial gain as he was in improving farming and breeding techniques. He was scientific … More Farmer Henry Clay, the Progressive Sage of Ashland Part II: Livestock