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Henry Clay Memorial Foundation presents third annual “A Kentucky Christmas at Ashland” Dec. 2


The Henry Clay Memorial Foundation proudly continues the annual tradition “A Kentucky Christmas at Ashland.” The grounds around the Mansion, the Smokehouse and the Keeper’s Cottage will be transformed into an outdoor village-like market place featuring Kentucky Proud products and the handiwork of Kentucky’s finest artisans.

“This year we have over 30 vendors for the Christmas market, including a dozen specialty foods, and artisans offering wood and metal work, paintings, pottery, jewelry, fiber and clothing. There will be wreath-making demonstrations in the Keeper’s Cottage with the wreaths available for purchase,” said Jim Clark, Executive Director of the Foundation. “Additionally, the Ginkgo Tree Café will be open throughout the day with a seasonal menu and an assortment of holiday treats. The Museum Store will be featuring new products from our exclusive H. Clay & Co. line of gift items.”

The one and only Bluegrass Santa will be available for selfies with guests, children and pets from 2:00pm to 4:30pm.

“Kentucky Bank is proud to be involved with Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate. We are so pleased to be a part of this holiday tradition.  From our origin in 1851, Kentucky Bank has flourished by changing and growing with the times, while respecting our history. Likewise, we appreciate and respect the history of Kentucky and our forefathers, and we understand that it requires the support of the community to maintain our historic treasures,” said Louis Prichard, President and CEO of Kentucky Bank.

The house will be open for regular tours during the day. Special Candlelight Open House Tours are offered immediately following the Illumination at 5:30pm, and again on Sat. Dec. 9th from 5:30-7:00. Tour Tickets are now available at henryclay.org (must present ticket at door), or at the door. Visitors will experience Ashland “All Dressed Up for Christmas.” Decorated in all white, each room will feature period costumes.

The Christmas Market celebrates and promotes the great wealth of talent found here in Kentucky. In addition to being a great Kentucky leader, Henry Clay was an entrepreneurial farmer and a promoter of all things Kentucky. The Henry Clay Memorial Foundation seeks to connect Lexingtonians and visitors to local and regional artisans and Kentucky Proud producers – their products will make exceptional holiday gifts for family, friends and business associates. Additional support has been provided by Don Jacobs Honda BMW, Bluegrass Sotheby’s International Realty and Keeneland.

The Christmas Market is free and open to the public
Parking is available on site: $5.00
Regular Tours – 10:00am to 4:00pm; $12/$6
Candlelight Tours – 5:30pm to 7:30pm; $15/$7
(last guests admitted at 7:00)

From Henry Clay Memorial Foundation


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