Uncommon Views

Let’s take a little tour of Ashland…a tour of uncommon views.  Of the many hundreds of photographs of Ashland’s grounds and interiors that we have seen, some simply stand out for their uncommonness.  Some images stand out because they give us a look at something which is now gone or hidden and others are simply taken … More Uncommon Views

Children at Ashland

Children have always found Ashland to be a magical place to play.  From Henry Clay’s children and grandchildren, to James and Susan’s brood, to the McDowell girls, the estate’s young occupants delighted in their surroundings.  And it was not only the Clay children who grew up at Ashland: generations of African-American children of enslaved or … More Children at Ashland

The Origins of Kentucky University and The Kentucky A&M …and How They Came to Ashland

Founder and Regent of Kentucky University, John Bryan Bowman (1824-1891) held a lofty vision for higher education in Kentucky and was devoted to the ideal of egalitarian education, proclaiming, “I want to build up a People’s Institution, a great university eventually accessible to the poorest boy in all the land…”[1] Bowman was a man of … More The Origins of Kentucky University and The Kentucky A&M …and How They Came to Ashland