For Educators

Educators are invited to bring their students to Ashland.  See field trip info below. 

Educators can also utilize our resource guides, lessons, and activities to bring history to life. The history of Ashland spans over two hundred years of local and national importance. Students can compromise with the Great Compromiser Henry Clay, take a stand with suffragist Madeline McDowell Breckinridge, or learn from the resilience of Charlotte Dupuy, one of the people enslaved at Ashland.

Educator Resources

Grades 4-8 
Resource Guide

Middle School / High School Lesson Plan

Grades 5-12
Artifact & Primary Source Analysis Activity

Resource Guide

Analysis Activity

Resource Guide

Grades 5-12
Women’s Suffrage Primary Source Analysis Activity

Resource Guide

Resource Guide

Contact Candace James for more information on any of Ashland’s educational resources:  859-266-8581 x 205

Plan A Field Trip!

At Ashland, students learn from experiencing an authentic historic site. We offer field trip opportunities for a variety of interests and needs.

On-site Field Trips

On-site field trips for the Signature Henry Clay tour (indoors), the Women’s Voices tour (indoors), and the Traces: Slavery at Ashland tour (indoor/outdoor) are available. 

$10 per student

$5 per Fayette County Schools student

For the safety of students and the preservation of the estate, we require at least one chaperone per ten (10) students. There is no fee for required chaperones; additional chaperones, parents, or guardians can be added to a field trip for $15 per person. 

Tour Options

Signature Henry Clay Tour

This artifact-driven tour takes students through the mansion. Docents focus on Henry Clay and the leading issues of the time: growth of the Union and slavery.  Additional themes can accommodate specific lessons or requests. The tour lasts one hour but can be adapted to fit the needs of each group.

Traces: Slavery at Ashland

Walk in the footsteps of the people enslaved at Ashland to learn about family units, farming, and labor. The tour reflects appropriate themes for students in primary and secondary education and lasts 45 minutes to an hour.

Women’s Voices

Explore the lives of nine women of Ashland and the changing roles of women from the late 18th to the mid-20th centuries. The tour lasts one hour but can be adapted to fit group needs.


For more information or to arrange a field trip,

contact Candace James at  859-266-8581  x205

More Resources

Ashland hopes that every student has a meaningful visit and leaves with new ideas about compromise and patriotism. Teachers can help make the tour a more meaningful experience for students by preparing them for their visit and by reviewing what they have learned. We have posted the following activities for your classroom.


The 1847 Market Speech and Activities

The People and artifacts pictured in this bingo game should be familiar to students who have visited Ashland and will make a fun review. Click here to print Ashland Bingo.

The Crossword is filled with vocabulary familiar to students who have toured Ashland. It can also be used to introduce what students will see on their tour.


Civil War at Ashland

A Few Good Reads for Students

Cobblestone Magazine, November/ December 2010. Henry Clay, The Man With the Plan.

Henry Clay: The Great Compromiser. By Michael Burgan. 2004 Child’s World.

What Was the Missouri Compromise? And Other Questions About the Struggle Over Slavery. By Wendy Lanier. 2012 Lerner Publications.

The Influence of Henry Clay Upon Abraham Lincoln. By Edgar DeWitt Jones. 1952 Henry Clay Memorial Foundation.

Josephine Clay; Pioneer Horsewoman of the Bluegrass. By Henry Clay Simpson, Jr. 2005 Harmony House Publishers.

Many thanks to Jennifer Vanderlugt for creating the activities on this page.

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