Henry Clay’s House

(originally posted 10/3/11) YOU ARE HERE -> 1805-1815 Early in 1805 Henry Clay contracted with Lexington builder John Fisher for the construction of a mansion at Clay’s Ashland property.  Architectural historians Patrick Snadon and Michael Fazio in The Domestic Architecture of Benjamin Henry Latrobe theorize that Latrobe may well have designed this initial structure for Clay. When … More Henry Clay’s House

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

James Rebuilds Ashland (part one): “I am successor to its halls and fields.”

YOU ARE HERE -> 1850s Henry Clay’s tenth child, James Brown Clay (1817-1864), was the first descendant to own and occupy Ashland after Clay’s death in 1852.  The enormous legacy of his father hung over every decision he made. In Clay’s final months when the family realized his death was imminent, James reassured his father … More James Rebuilds Ashland (part one): “I am successor to its halls and fields.”