Straddling the Victorian and the Avant-garde

YOU ARE HERE -> 1880s-1890s  – Henry Clay’s granddaughter Anne Clay McDowell and her family buy Ashland and proudly inhabit it. The McDowells performed a dramatic “inside job” at Ashland when they arrived in the early 1880s.  Keeping the exterior and floorplan of the mansion largely intact, they set about updating Ashland’s interior design. The … More Straddling the Victorian and the Avant-garde

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