Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate

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On September 13, 1804, Henry Clay entered into an agreement to purchase 125 acres on Todd's Road just outside the city limits of Lexington, Kentucky. With this transaction, Clay began the creation of one of Lexington's most important sites. Over the next two centuries, Ashland would be home to five generations of one of Kentucky's first families. Ashland would also be the source of some of Kentucky's finest horses; the location of a small but important Civil War skirmish; the birthplace of the state's flagship university; the home to one of the state's first museums; one of Lexington's first subdivisions; and finally a National Historic Landmark. Many books have been written about Henry Clay, Ashland's creator and most important resident, but this is the first to tell the story of his beloved farm and personal retreat.
ISBN: 9780738543956
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Kentucky
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Eric Brooks, curator at Ashland since 2002, has had the privilege of exploring the rich history of the estate and its residents through the collections and archives of the Henry Clay Memorial Foundation, the University of Kentucky, Transylvania University, and through personal testimony of Clay family descendants. In this volume, Brooks reveals the many previously hidden stories and images of Ashland, Henry Clay's historic estate.
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