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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 meals served daily

  • Weekly housekeeping and linen service

  • Weekday transportation

  • Personalized shopping

  • Daily programs and activities

  • On-site beauty salon

  • 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

  • Chris Besten

CPA, Besten & Dieruf, PLLC

  • Jane Fields

Retired Anesthesiologist

  • Katie Finnell

Attorney, Bluegrass Elderlaw

  • Marilyn Gall

Medical Management, retired

  • Cameron Hamilton

Director of Financial Planning, Ballast, Inc.

  • Laura Hayden


  • Sharon Holbrook

Certified Information Systems Auditor, Certified Internal Auditor, retired

  • Randy Kemper


  • Jane Knapp


  • Jim McGee

Business Owner/ Volunteer, retired

  • Kirtland Roach

Assistant Director of Annual Giving at the University of Kentucky

  • Graham Rowles

Professor Emeritus, UK Center of Gerontology

  • Marie Smart

Dementia Care Specialist

  • Jerry Stout

Printing Company Owner, retired

  • Wayne Thompson

Bankers Mortgage Consulting, Managing Partner

  • Sue Weant

Business Owner, retired 

  • Alex Wilcox


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

Centennial Celebration

December of 1923, we incorporated as the "Old Ladies Home" and have held true to our mission since - serving older women in Lexington - but with a more welcoming name!

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

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475 S. Ashland Avenue

Lexington, KY 40502

(859) 266-2581

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