Signature Henry Clay Tour

Henry Clay Signature Tour

Tuesday through Saturday    10:00    11:30    2:30    4:00

  • Check-in for your tour is in the Cottage.  Your tour will start at the front door of the mansion.
  • Please arrive about 10 minutes before your tour start time.  **Late arrivers are allowed on the tour within the first 5 minutes only.**


Ashland’s essential 60-minute guided experience includes both floors of the 19th-century mansion filled with authentic artifacts and furnishings. You will learn about Clay and his legacy as a statesman, his passion for American union, his careers as attorney and farmer, his public life and personal traits, and his life as a family man.  The tour explores how slavery was the defining issue of Clay’s own life and his times.  You will learn about Clay’s descendants who occupied and preserved Ashland into the 20th century.

Family friendly.  Includes stairs, but visitors can choose not to go up to the second floor.  Folding chairs are available for anyone needing to sit.

The Signature Tour can sell out quickly; book your tickets online in advance.

Approximately 1 hour

  • $25 adults
  • $15 students (ages 6-college)
  • Free to children 5 years or under

Upon arrival, check-in at the Keeper’s Cottage in the H. Clay & Co. Museum Store (the first building on your right as you enter the parking lot).

How do the Signature and Traces tours differ?

Which tour should I take?

On the Signature Tour, you will see the whole mansion, learn of Clay’s life, career, and family.

On the Traces Tour, you will be outside then in a few rooms of the mansion but with a focus on slavery.

Many people find that the two tours complement one another.  There is a small amount of shared content. 

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