Henry Clay Inn is named for the orator and statesman
who was born in Hanover County in 1777. Henry Clay is
known as "the Great Compromiser" and was a candidate
for President in 1824,1832, and 1844.
very first of three hotels/inns stood just north of
our present location and was called the Ashland Hotel.
This hotel was built in 1858 and was destroyed by fire
in 1905. The old Ashland Hotel provided weekend getaways
for Richmonders who made the trip by rail to enjoy the
country air. The Civil War closed the hotel for 10 years.
In 1868 Randolph Macon College acquired the Inn for
use as a boarding house.
second hotel built and the first to be named The Henry
Clay Inn was built on the original site of the Ashland
Hotel in 1906. This Inn was enjoyed for the next forty
years by RMC students for balls and parties and later
as living accommodations for newlyweds until suitable
housing could be afforded. This Inn burnt down to the
ground on February 27, 1946. There were no injuries
and most of the town's residents turned out to help
put out the fire and to watch in amazement.
present day Inn opened on April 10, 1992. The exterior
of the Inn is an exact replica of its predecessors (recreated
from photographs). The interior houses 14 guest rooms,
a Restaurant, Art/Gift Gallery featuring local artists
and artisans, a Parlor which opens onto the balcony
overlooking the old Ashland train station and campus
of RMC, and a drawing room suitable for business and
Inn is decorated with Antique Reproduction bedroom furniture
featuring sleigh, pencil post, canopy, acorn post, and
cannonball beds. There are also many fine Antiques throughout