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Ashland Terrace Garden

Senior Living Community for Women

About Us

Nestled in the heart of Chevy Chase in Lexington, Kentucky, Ashland Terrace, a non-profit 501(c)3 private foundation, has met its mission of providing housing to those in need since 1849, when it was called “Home of the Friendless” and served those left destitute by cholera outbreaks. Incorporated in 1923 as “The Old Ladies’ Home,” the name of our independent living community for older women was changed in 1973 to Ashland Terrace. The present building, constructed in 1960, was expanded and renovated in 1999 and 2000.

Prospective residents should be:

  • Age 60 or older

  • Able to dress, take care of their room and get to the dining room on their own three times daily for meals

  • Without dementia or cognitive decline

  • Cordial and appropriate for communal living

We provide the following services:

  • Three family style meals daily

  • Weekly housekeeping and linen service

  • Weekday transportation

  • Personalized shopping

  • Daily programs and activities

  • On-site beauty shop

  • On-site library with computers

  • Free wireless internet throughout building

  • Conveniently located elevators

  • Easy access to Ric’s Garden, our public cutting garden

Our Board of Directors

  • Susan Bachner

Occupational Therapy Consultant, retired​​

  • Jane Fields

Retired Anesthesiologist

  • Katie Finnell


  • Marilyn Gall

Medical Management, retired

  • Cameron Hamilton

Director of Financial Planning, Ballast, Inc.

  • Sharon Holbrook

Certified Information Systems Auditor, Certified Internal Auditor, retired

  • Randy Kemper


  • Jane Knapp


  • Jennifer Larkin

Born Branding Agency, Partner

  • Jim McGee

Business Owner/ Volunteer, retired

  • Graham Rowles

Professor Emeritus, UK Center of Gerontology

  • Dealla Samadi

UK Medical Student/ Volunteer

  • Marie Smart

Dementia Care Specialist

  • Wayne Thompson

Bankers Mortgage Consulting, Managing Partner

  • Sue Weant

Business Owner, retired 

Our Community

Our Community
Our Garden

Our Garden

“Off the parking lot, behind Ashland Terrace, is an unexpected treasure. It’s a little gem that neighborhood residents probably would prefer to keep to themselves. But the garden brings color and joy to residents... and their neighbors.”

Mary Meehan, Lexington Herald-Leader

Our COVID Response

Our Covid Response

We are currently accepting new residents. Please contact us for more information regarding our COVID protocols, to schedule a tour, or to inquire about availability.

Charitable Giving

Charitable Giving

Careful stewardship, private donations, grant writing, and the oversight of a dedicated board of directors allow us to meet our mission of providing a loving, secure home at affordable rates. Our unique and nurturing community has flourished because of the generous support of donors through the years.


Please contact us for information about contributing to Ashland Terrace and enriching the lives of current and future residents. ​We would greatly appreciate your consideration of making a gift to further our mission.


Tax-deductible donations can be made via: 

PayPal Giving

Check, made out to Ashland Terrace.

To support our mission through planned giving, please consider one of the following:

  • Bequests – a gift that is included in your will. This can be a specific monetary amount, a
    percentage of your estate, a specific piece of property

  • Appreciated property

  • Retirement plan assets

  • Life insurance policy

  • Charitable trust


Please contact us with any questions you may have!

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475 S. Ashland Avenue

Lexington, KY 40502

(859) 266-2581

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