Thursday, March 31, 2011

Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate

Historic house tours have become one of my favorite things to do. I like to imagine my life in the 1800s living rich and famous in a large mansion with servants around me I would own acres of land, elegant dresses and furniture, and attend high class social events. Pretty nice life, eh?

I visited Ashland, Henry Clay's Estate in Lexington and I loved it. Not only the informative tour but also the original furniture and documents left by the Clay family. Unfortunately, no photography was allowed in the mansion. The surrounding area of the mansion is well-preserved as a park today with a gorgeous English garden and several small functional houses (stable, ice houses, and carriage house) near-by.

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The front door of Ashland.
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Beautiful details around the mansion.
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The secret English garden.
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A beautiful and perfectly manicured garden.
This is why I want to live in the 1800s.
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I would always think whenever I am touring one of these historic houses, how did they go to the bathroom? How did Henry Clay's daughter inherit the mansion and not Henry Clay the third? What did they do before freezer? Would they had to finish all ice cream in one-sitting? And you think the tour guide would know the answers to my questions?
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