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A former hemp plantation owned by a former Kentucky statesman, Henry Clay, Ashland is a historic site in the city of Lexington, Kentucky. It was built in 1811 and was called such due to the ash forest that stood on the 600-acre lot. It was Clay?s home from around 1806 to 1852.

After Clay?s death, the property was divided to his three sons. The Ashland proper, which included the Federal style mansion, was passed to his son James Brown Clay and was acquired by the Kentucky University after his death. In 1882, it was procured by a Clay descendant again, and stayed in the family until 1948.

Ashland opened as a historic house museum in 1950. It is also the home of the Henry Clay Memorial Foundation.
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