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Ashland Terrace Garden

Senior Living Community for Women

About Us

Ashland Terrace is a non-profit 501(c)3 public charity and independent community of vibrant older women. Our home is a unique offering to the greater Lexington community. Being we are able to privately subsidize resident rent, we offer an affordable option for community living.

Over our lengthy history, our mission has remained the same: The Ashland Terrace staff and Board of Directors are dedicated to providing a secure, friendly, affordable home to women sixty years and older.  As a congregate senior living community, Ashland Terrace strives to nurture residents spiritually, physically, and mentally to enhance their retirement years. Our ladies do not come here to retire – they come here to thrive!

Ashland Terrace originated in 1849’s Cholera epidemic in Lexington. At the time, we were known as the “Home of the Friendless” and served anyone left destitute by the sickness – largely women and children. As time passed and the cholera epidemic ended, we became known as the “Old Ladies Home”, as only older women were left in the home. December of 1923, we incorporated as the “Old Ladies Home”.

We opened at our current location, 475 S. Ashland Avenue, in the Spring of 1960, still named the “Old Ladies Home”. In the 1970s, the residents requested a name change to something a little more flattering, and from then on, we became known as Ashland Terrace.


Being independent living, we require prospective residents to 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 Mild Cognitive Impairment

  • Cordial and appropriate for communal living

Our Community

We provide the following amenities and services:

  • Three meals served daily

  • Weekly housekeeping and linen service

  • Weekday transportation

  • Personalized shopping

  • Secure environment

  • Daily programs and activities

  • On-site beauty salon

  • On-site library with computers

  • Free wireless internet throughout building

  • Conveniently located elevators

  • Pet friendly

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


Our home helps to address current concerns with housing for older adults, social isolation, and loneliness in a family-oriented setting that nurtures community and enhances well being.

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



Supporting Ashland Terrace is an investment in a lifelong commitment to improving senior care and sustaining affordable housing. There are many ways to show your support:

  • Make a gift online via Paypal Giving or Stripe

  • Mail your gift to 475 S. Ashland Ave, Lexington, KY 40502

  • Join Friends of Ashland Terrace, a donor society that commits to supporting our organization annually with gift commitments of any size

  • Pledge to support our sustainability campaign

  • Make Ashland Terrace part of your legacy with a planned or estate gift

  • Volunteer at our home by leading crafts, playing music, or helping keep the house tidy

Your support will help ensure that Ashland Terrace will continue to provide vital services to

seniors in the Lexington community. We hope you consider supporting our mission and these ladies with a gift. All gifts made to Ashland Terrace are fully tax deductible. For more information, contact us

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Contact Us

475 S. Ashland Avenue

Lexington, KY 40502

(859) 266-2581

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