The Exotic and Curious at Ashland: Kentucky University’s Natural History Museum

YOU ARE HERE -> 1860s-1870s After the Civil War Ashland was in the hands of the predecessor of the University of Kentucky: Kentucky University.  The estate was no longer a family home and farm, but instead a nascent college campus. SEE ALSO: Clay Family Loses Ashland, University of Kentucky Predecessor Moves In and Historic Homestead … More The Exotic and Curious at Ashland: Kentucky University’s Natural History Museum

Return to Glory: Clay’s Family Back at Ashland

YOU ARE HERE -> 1880s Kentucky University’s Regent, John Bryan Bowman, had planned for the school’s perpetual stay at Ashland and envisioned elaborate changes to the estate, but Kentucky University’s internal and external woes resulted in its splitting and moving away.  When the University put Ashland up for sale in 1882, Henry Clay descendants were … More Return to Glory: Clay’s Family Back at Ashland

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