3:49pm

Fri December 2, 2011
Kentucky Arts and Culture

Henry Clay Estate to Light 100-Foot Christmas Tree

The Christmas decorations at Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate in historic Lexington will be big and bright this year. The National Historic Landmark dedicated to honoring Kentucky statesman Henry Clay celebrates the Christmas season with d cor throughout the mansion.

But for the first time, Executive Director Debra Korb says a 100-foot tall live Norway Spruce is getting special treatment as well. 

"We had two bucket trucks here on the property for about two weeks. It took six solid days to get the lights up and then there's been a lot of adjusting and so forth," says Executive Director Debra Korb. 

An arborist thinks the tree is around 137 years old. On Sunday evening the Henry Clay Estate will turn on 40,000 LED lights. 

"So they're very energy efficient. We've been told that it's not going to jack our electric bill up too badly, which is nice to hear. They are tube lighting and it was just the best way to get this tree lit." 

Ron and Linda Turner, who are known for lighting up their white "Christmas House" on Chinoe Road, helped with the project, along with Kentucky Utilities and local tree experts. 

The Lighting on the Lawn is set for Sunday Dec. 4 at 5 p.m. and will feature holiday music. Other trees on the 17-acre estate grow mistletoe, which will be sold at the event.

Korb says it was the vision of Clay's great-granddaughter Nannette to have the property maintained for the public to enjoy.