The Cat Who Lived At Ashland

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As the headstone suggests, Gypsy was the cat who lived at Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate in Lexington, Ky.  Henry Clay never knew the cat, having died over a century before Gypsy came to live here, but the cat was the estate’s second most famous resident.

Gypsy was a calico stray who took up residence here, meeting visitors at the door and often accompanying them on their house tours. His postcard was the most popular item in the gift shop and tour guides often noted that his presence distracted visitors from their tour.

Gypsy’s death devastated his fans so much they raised money to place this headstone and he was buried in a place of honor on the front lawn.

If only all cats were so lucky.