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Available For Restoration

Historic Kenton Ash House, c1801

•   804 Clarks Run Road,
    Maysville, KY 41056
    Mason County, KY

•    4,300+ sq. feet
•    Lot Size: 10.227 acres / Zoning: N/A

      Eric Whisman
      Kentucky Trust for Historic Preservation


      - A complete the renovation of this old brick home in Mason County was completed in 1987. The historic Kenton Ash House was built c1801 by Richard Durrett on land purchased directly from frontiersman Simon Kenton. Updated with new electrical and plumbing as well as a new kitchen and bathrooms, and a newly installed metal roof. A historic log structure from Mason County was moved to the property and adjoined to the house to serve as a unique kitchen with loft space above. The striking home is set on a beautifully forested knoll above rolling acres of rural farm land. Featuring fine Flemish bond brickwork with rubbed brick water table and shaped brick cornice, stone basement with remnants of an early kitchen hearth, with four bed rooms, three baths, dining room, study, and unfinished basement and attic. Remaining original features include twelve-over-twelve sash wavy glass windows, paired gable-end chimneys, eight original federal era mantels, some with distinctive chevron carving, chair rails, paneled doors and dual interior stairs, all in a unique double-pile design with paired front entrance doors. Less than one mile from Old Washington, a small but thriving historic community established in 1786, within 45 minutes of Cincinnati and about an hour north of Lexington.

Area Information

Located minutes from historic Maysville and the Ohio River, Mason County is admired for its picturesque scenery and small town river-side character. Formed in 1789, Mason County is located along the Ohio River at the port originally known as Limestone, now Maysville. Accessed by US68, the original Limestone Trace built c1790, is still today a major transportation route through the Bluegrass Region. Along the Trace (now the Simon Kenton Memorial Highway) is retained an impressive collection of intact settlement era houses and a variety of architecture harkening to the period of settlement, leading from Maysville to the Capital City of Frankfort. Hundreds of properties are listed in the National Register of Historic Places along this route including in the former seat of Mason County, Old Washington and Maysville (Limestone). You can find more information about Maysville, Old Washington, and Mason County at the following:

  Old Washington Historic District
  City of Maysville

Architectural & Historical Information

This stately home was likely built by Richard Durrett c1801, and is one of the grandest settlement era homes in Mason County. It remained in the Durrett family until 1963, a span of 162 years. The land was sold directly to Reverend Richard Durrett by frontiersman and surveyor Simon Kenton. A preserved nineteenth century calling card indicates the homes historic name addressed to Richard Durrett at “Kenton Ash”. The approx. 4,300+ square foot house consists of a unique Georgian style, two-story, double-pile, six bay structure with fine Flemish bond brickwork set on a raised basement and limestone foundation. A one and a half story historic log wing is connected to the main structure by a breezeway re-constructed on the property during the 1980‘s renovation.

Among the most notable features of this fine house is the rubbed brick water table on the northern and southern fa├žade, formed brick cornice and paired gable end chimneys. The stone foundation, originally accessed by dual entrances to either side of the principal entrance leading to separate rooms that were only connected during the recent renovation. A stone header in the basement indicates an original kitchen hearth. Paired front entrance doors, unevenly spaced window openings, with twelve-over-twelve windows topped by newer stone lintels, comprise the principal façade. Ghost paint marks indicate an original gable front porch providing the new owners with evidence for its reconstruction. Federal style interior woodwork includes eight mantels, many with unique chevron carving, chair rails, paneled doors, window surrounds, and dual staircases, and wide board ash floors. Stone stairs in breezeway now provide interior access to the basement.

Though a great deal of rehabilitation work was completed by the previous owners, including a newly installed metal roof, the house will need an updated HVAC system, some repair to woodwork, cosmetic updates as desired, and reconstruction of the original front and rear porch. The property consists of just over 10+ acres, partially wooded, with an early pegged frame livestock feed barn, corn crib, two stone outbuildings including meat house and dairy, large spring-fed pond, and an old family cemetery, surrounded by rolling farm land, all accessed by long private lane.

The Kenton Ash house and farm have been surveyed for the National Register of Historic Places. Formalizing the listing could allow the next owner access to federal and state historic preservation tax credits for up to 40% of the cost of qualified rehabilitation expenses.

This property is subject to the Kentucky Trust Preservation Deed Covenants.

Buyer to verify all information to their satisfaction.


Comprising just over 10 acres, the Kenton Ash farm is eligible for Kentucky's Agricultural Land Tax Exemption.

Click here to view the Kenton Ash Farm Plat.

Click here to view the historic resource inventory form about Kenton Ash completed in 1989.

To schedule a private showing or for additional information please contact us.
Eric Whisman
Kentucky Trust for Historic Preservation

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