For many years, people have kept time with pocket watches. Brad Clay from Ohio (a distant relative of Henry Clay) inherited this one. It was given by his greatgreat grandfather in Carter County, KY to his great-grandfather when he returned from World War I. Brad’s watch serves to link him to his Kentucky roots.

Henry Clay also carried a pocket watch and it passed through several generations of his descendants, connecting them to him. Today, it is displayed in the exhibit room at Ashland. This statue is of Henry Clay in Caracas, Venezuela. You can see a watch fob on his belt, possibly from this same watch!

To view the watch in our online collection, click here!