Spring Beauty at Ashland

YOU ARE HERE -> today Springtime at Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate is especially glorious with the carpet of tiny white blossoms that covers the grounds.  Spring Beauty—often referred to as “Spring Beauties” —has been blooming every spring on the estate for generations.  Claytonia virginica is the botanical name for this perennial, in honor for … More Spring Beauty at Ashland

Susan Jacob Clay: Ashland as a Place of Joy and Sorrow

YOU ARE HERE -> 1843-1866 Susan (Susannah) Maria Jacob Clay is one of the most important figures in Ashland’s history.  As Henry Clay’s daughter-in-law, she had lived with and was very close to Clay, and after his death served as family historian and Ashland’s mistress.  Ashland became a place of both great joys and great … More Susan Jacob Clay: Ashland as a Place of Joy and Sorrow

Wedding of the Decade at Ashland

YOU ARE HERE -> April 19, 1892 [Special event today at Ashland commemorating Nannette’s wedding.  For more information, see: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ashland-The-Henry-Clay-Estate/87775802778 ] Henry Clay’s great-granddaughter, Nannette McDowell, was married at Ashland, her home, in one of the most celebrated weddings of 1890’s Kentucky.  The wedding of Nannette and Dr. Thomas S. Bullock was celebrated on a … More Wedding of the Decade at Ashland

We Were Soon Perfectly At Home, As Everyone Must Be With Mr. Clay

YOU ARE HERE -> c1820s-1852 Henry Clay lived in an era when appearing to be a “commoner” was advantageous for one’s political image.  Andrew Jackson benefited from this perception.  But it seems that Henry Clay was naturally unpretentious and—especially when home at Ashland—markedly informal.  Clay’s grandson-in-law Major McDowell said that Henry Clay was a “believer … More We Were Soon Perfectly At Home, As Everyone Must Be With Mr. Clay