Calendar of Events

August 20th–Adopt a Tree

Arborist, Dave Leonard, has identified 50 trees that require care. By adopting a tree you will provide the resources necessary to maintain that particular tree while enabling us to preserve and protect Ashland’s “pleasure grounds” that Henry so deeply loved. A gift of $100-$500 will enable us to preserve the grounds of Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate, Kentucky’s first National Historic Landmark.

August 20th–Cottage Concert

The Chamber Festival of Lexington opens its ninth season with a Cottage Concert at Ashland featuring the Chamber Festival’s Ensemble-in-Residence, energetic wind quintet, WindSync. Food, beer, and bourbon available for purchase. Please bring your own lawn chair or blanket. Concert: free.

August 25th-Historic Marker Dedication

Join us as we unveil the latest addition to the historic marker collection at Ashland, commemorating the Kentucky Agricultural and Mechanical College.



August 30th–4th Annual Croquet Tournament

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Step back in time to the tune of croquet, music, food, and fun for Ashland Estate’s 4th Annual Croquet Tournament. Spend the afternoon playing croquet in your best summer whites for a chance at the tournament trophy! Teams of two: $50. You may register here or by calling 859-266-8581.

 September 6th-Jazz on the Lawn

Bring your blanket for a fun evening of jazz on the back lawn of the Ashland Estate featuring the fantastic DiMartino/Osland Jazz Orchestra. Rain date: Monday, September 7. Free Concert. $25 for reserved parking and reserved seating area. Reserved space is limited. Regular parking, $5.

September 26th-4th Annual Living History Event


The Antebellum and Civil War Eras come to life during Ashland Living History! Enjoy military and civilian reenactors, craftspeople and artisans, livestock, music, and more! For more information, contact Ashland Curator, Eric Brooks at **September 25th, Ashland will be closed to the public until 3:00. Our regular 3:00 and 4:00 tours will go on as usual.**





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This bulidng was built at the Ashland estate to house labs and classrooms for mechanical instruction or what now would be called engineering.

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