About This Blog

I worked at Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate as a volunteer then staff member, 2003-2009.  And I am back again, as of December 2021 and thrilled about it, working as the Marketing & Communications Manager. I earned my MA in Art History at the University of Kentucky in 2008 with a Master’s thesis entitled, “Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate, As House Museum: Private Home and Public Destination” under the direction of Dr. Wallis Miller, Associate Professor in Architecture.

I am writing a book based on that thesis.

This blog is an effort to share the wealth of historical information about the incredible and singular place that is Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate.

Thanks for reading.   ~Wendy Bright

12 thoughts on “About This Blog

  1. Hello. I live in Maryland, and am going to be visiting Ashland in early June. I have always admired Clay very much, and would like to find some bust/sculpture of him to display in my home. Do you know of any shops or private collectors in the Lexington area who might have a nice Clay bust for sale??

    1. I am sure you can find some Clay busts in the Bluegrass. The Ashland museum store used to sell them – not sure if they still do. Antique stores in the area would be a good bet. Well, also eBay! Happy visiting and hunting! 🙂

  2. Wendy, while doing genealogy research I noticed an interesting tidbit in the Mt. Sterling Advocate issue from December 13, 1892. It reads “Wat Fleming, of Nicholas County, sold a pointer dog to Major McDowell of Lexington, for $200.”

  3. Wendy:
    Please email me at: ockerman@kycounsel.com
    I am on the board of the Lexington History Museum. We will be starting a weekly radio program on Lexington history this summer on a new community radio station and I would like permission to read some of your posts on air. Thank you.
    Foster Ockerman, Jr.

  4. Hello from a Chicago-Boy. Well, I usta be. But I do write about my past and growing up. I saw your LIKE at the Chuckman picture. I searched and found you and this interesting site. Thanks for sharing so much good history. (If you have time, take a look at some of my captured memories. Thanks.)

  5. Hi Wendy,
    Fascinating blog, full of history. Thanks for sharing! I am researching and writing a book on the Mammoth Cave Mushroom Company (1881-1882) and have turned up an unexpected connection to Ashland (I think). In December 1880, Charles H. Raymond and David Bonner, both of New York City, traveled to Kentucky and purchased a trotting horse named Phil Thompson from Abram Smith McCann, who I believe was renting Ashland at the time from Kentucky University. Your blog mentions McCaan as one of the tenants during the transitional period between Kentucky University’s use of the property and the McDowell era. Do you have exact dates or any information on his lease? Thanks!
    Katie Algeo

  6. Wendy, I’m doing some research on the Woodlands aspect as the A&M College site prior to its moving over to College Park in 1882. In Cone’s 1990 pictorial history of the University of Kentucky, his opening page to Chapter One presents a picture (a drawing) of the large ‘Tilford Home’ on the Woodlands property, which was the site of the A&M College class instruction prior to 1882. However, he does not provide a specific citation for the source of that image. Did you encounter that image in your research and recall where it is located? Thanks much!

    Davy Jones
    Emeritus Professor, UK

      1. Thanks much!

        Davy Jones, Professor Emeritus Dept. of Toxicology and Cancer Biology University of Kentucky Lexington, KY 40506


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