Ashland The Henry Clay Estate

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Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate, is in the process of creating an African American History tour to shed light on the stories of slaves that lived there. WUKY’s Arlo Barnette attended a public listening session on the topic over the weekend, and filed this report.

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Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate is in the process of creating an African American History tour set to launch in the fall of 2019.  While staff’s research has yielded stories of courage, resilience, and heartbreak, they hope to find more stories to add nuance to this narrative.  This Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, the public is invited for an information gathering event at the Lyric Theatre in downtown Lexington.  Organizers are especially hoping to hear from people who may have been descended from African Americans enslaved or employed at the estate.  WUKY's Alan Lytle talks with Ashland curator Eric Brooks and Cameron Walpole, manager of tours and education.


Ashland The Henry Clay Estate

Henry Clay was a respected statesman, but he also received criticism during his lifetime for drinking, gambling, womanizing, fighting in duels and his religious views. How does the official historian at Ashland the Henry Clay Estate handle the not so savory sides of the Great Compromiser?  He gives a series of warts and all public talks on his subject.  Eric Brooks recently brought his Sins as Thick as Mice: The Vices of Henry Clay presentation to the Tates Creek Branch of the Lexington Public Library and afterward spoke one on one with WUKY's Alan Lytle.

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The grounds of the Henry Clay estate at Ashland Park are home to over 400 trees representing 44 species. When a black maple on the corner of Sycamore and Richmond Road died in the Spring of 2013, leaving just a stump on the busy intersection, local artist Kiptoo Tarus had an idea. WUKY’s Samantha Lederman has the rest of the story.

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He may be known to many as the Great Compromiser but this weekend’s Living History Event at Ashland the Henry Clay Estate shines the spotlight on the famous Kentuckian’s contributions to agriculture.  WUKY’s Samantha Lederman has this preview.

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For the first time in over 130 years hemp has been harvested at Ashland the Henry Clay Estate.  The crop was planted in May as a demonstration plot in an effort to educate guests about industrial hemp and Henry Clay’s impact on early Kentucky industry.

Ashland The Henry Clay Estate

To celebrate national hemp heritage week, the historic home of the great compromiser is holding a day-long hemp symposium this Saturday.

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The people at Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate, have their fingers crossed for good weather on Sunday evening as the historic property is holding its fourth annual Lighting on the Lawn event.

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This weekend one of Lexington's landmark properties will recreate wartime in America more than two hundred years ago.

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