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Archeological tour of Ashland Estate

& Mt. Horeb Earthworks

Ever wanted to hang out with an archaeologist?  Or learn more about what it is they really do? Here’s your chance to do so during a guided tour of historic features and artifacts uncovered at Ashland: The Henry Clay Estate in Lexington, followed by a visit to the site of a once-thriving prehistoric Adena culture during a stop at Mount Horeb Earthworks Complex in rural Fayette County. The bus excursion will take place Friday, March 15 as part of the 30th Annual Kentucky Heritage Council Archaeology Conference.

Archeology at Ashland Estate


Tour Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate

Dr. Kim McBride will conduct the tour of Ashland, discussing excavations and discoveries at the home over the last several years. Her tour will include the former slave quarters and privy sites that were filled with artifacts dating to the time that Henry Clay lived there. Known as “The Great Compromiser,” Clay (1777-1852) was a noted lawyer, politician and statesman who served three terms as our nation’s Speaker of the House and also served as Secretary of State under President John Quincy Adams.

Dr. McBride is a noted historic archaeologist and co-director of the Kentucky Archaeological Survey (KAS), a partnership between the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office and Department of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky.



Mt Hored Earthworks

Tour Mt Horeb Earthworks

Mt. Horeb is considered a great example of earthworks associated with the Adena, a Native American culture that lived in the Ohio River Valley from about 500 B.C. to 300 A.D., a time known as the Early to Middle Woodland period. The Mount Horeb earthworks consists of several social and ceremonial sites constructed about 2,000 years ago, the remnants of which can be seen in the landscape today. Several locations were extensively excavated by University of Kentucky archaeologist Dr. William Webb in 1939 as part of the Works Progress Administration.

A discussion of Dr. Webb’s findings and a tour of the site will be led by Eric Schlarb, a staff archaeologist with KAS.



The tour will depart Friday, March 15 at 10 a.m. from the Crowne Plaza Hotel-Campbell House at 1375 South Broadway in Lexington.  Tickets are $10 per person.  The tour includes a stop for lunch at Windy Corner Market (separate cost) and will conclude at the Crowne Plaza-Campbell House at 2:30 PM.  Please note this tour will take place as scheduled rain or shine. Cancellations made after Friday, March 8th will not be refunded.


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All tourist under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a participating adult (age 18 or older) for the duration of the tour. Additional guardian signed consent from required. 


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