Paying Tribute to Henry Clay at Ashland

YOU ARE HERE -> 1857 After Henry Clay’s death, his national historic-themed display at Ashland evolved into son James’s Henry Clay tribute display.  James and Susan continued the practice of displaying artifacts within the mansion for public viewing, but now the collection centered on those related to Clay’s life.  They honored Henry Clay’s collection by … More Paying Tribute to Henry Clay at Ashland

Giving the Impression that Henry Clay “may return at any moment”

YOU ARE HERE -> 1880s-1940s When Henry Clay’s son James and his wife Susan left Ashland during the Civil War, they placed their precious Clay heirlooms safely in family hands.  Their family line would retain a large portion of Henry Clay artifacts, many of which eventually found their way back to Ashland after 1950.  But … More Giving the Impression that Henry Clay “may return at any moment”

Ashland as Fin de Siècle Showcase of Sophistication

See previous post for beginning of this discussion. YOU ARE HERE -> 1880s-1890s In the early 1880s, the Major and Anne McDowell (granddaughter of Henry Clay) transformed the Ashland mansion into a fin de siècle showcase of sophistication as they utilized a mix of decorative styles.  Before moving in in 1883, the McDowells remodeled and … More Ashland as Fin de Siècle Showcase of Sophistication