Kentucky Woman Suffrage
Name of Historic Site:
Hart Bradford house (razed in 1955 for a parking lot)
Event(s)/Use associated with woman/group/site:
Laura Clay lived here for most of her adult life and she also worked her farm in Madison County
privately owned site now used as a for-fee parking lot
Years of Importance:
This historic site held a two-story brick house built circa 1798 for Thomas Hart, one of Lexington's wealthiest families. John Bradford, the publisher of the Kentucky Gazette also lived there, so it is referred to today as the Hart Bradford house. After the Civil War, Anne Elizabeth Warfield Ryland, the widow of Major Edwin Ryland, purchased the house and offered shelter to her sister, Mary Jane Warfield Clay. Mary Jane left her farm when her husband Cassius Clay finally returned from his ambassadorship in Russia (and a year long stay in New York). She and her daughters, including Laura Clay who was attending school in Michigan, lived there and many parlor meetings on women's rights were held in this house. In 1892 Anne Ryland died and left the house to Laura and her sister Anne Clay Crenshaw (by then married and living in Virginia - later to become the founder of the Equal Suffrage League of Virginia). Laura died in her home in 1941.