The Cottage At Ashland

It is the picturesque little building that most Ashland visitors first encounter: The Keeper’s – or Gardener’s – Cottage.  Adjacent to today’s modern parking lot, this original structure from Henry Clay’s time is a charmer. The Cottage was designed in 1846 by Thomas Lewinski, the Lexington architect who had helped Clay with some mansion remodeling, … More The Cottage At Ashland

Ashland Grounds as Public Park: The Formal Garden

YOU ARE HERE -> 1950s-today When Ashland opened as a museum in 1950 the estate featured seventeen acres open daily to the public.  Although the mansion was the primary focus, from the beginning the Henry Clay Memorial Foundation emphasized Ashland’s spacious grounds and encouraged visitors to “pause” before entering the mansion to see the grounds, … More Ashland Grounds as Public Park: The Formal Garden

Farmer Henry Clay, the Progressive Sage of Ashland – Part One

YOU ARE HERE -> up to 1852 Part One:  An Introduction by James F. Hopkins Excerpted from The Journal of Southern History, February 1949 Henry Clay, Farmer and Stockman During the years in which Henry Clay was active in politics, he was at the same time a farmer who never lost his love for the … More Farmer Henry Clay, the Progressive Sage of Ashland – Part One