Exciting New Field Trips

As resolved at our most recent business meeting, we’re offering members at least one field trip every other year. Enthusiastic to see you and to explore our Clay roots, we hope to hold several field trips in 2023. These will be guided events in places of interest to our Clays. Typically, they’ll take a day or an afternoon though some might stretch longer. There will be no charge by CFS to attend. All travel, lodging, meals, and other payments will be left up to attendees. Trip leaders may make some recommendations.

Clay Family Society members and guests are welcome to join us at these fun and interesting outings. Get in touch to  RSVP.

Currently On Hold: Clays & Kin in the Big Easy: an Informal Outdoor Walking Tour

New Orleans
Date TBD

We’ll see the exteriors of sites of historic and familial interest. We’ll pay our respects to Clay relatives in an historic New Orleans cemetery. And Ned Boyajian will share stories of how Clays and Cousins helped shape the legendary city.

Please send any inputs you may have to Ned

We’re actively adding to what we know about Clay and Kin sites in New Orleans so the itinerary may be tweaked as we learn more or based on participants’ preferences.

Potential Scenario
Gather at Washington Artillery Park which is the high ground between the River and Jackson Square. Will hear about Statesman Henry’s triumphant welcome at what was then called the Place d’Armes as well as the role of in-law and friend James Brown in shaping Louisiana law and in the 1811 German Coast uprising by enslaved people.

Go to 630 St. Peter Street to see the outside of the house where Clay cousin Dr. John Watkins, an early mayor of New Orleans lived in 1806.

Proceed to Lafayette Square. Along the way we’ll pass the block where the Statesman’s brother, John, had a store on Conti and hear his tale and some of the myths told about him. At Lafayette Square we’ll see the statue of Statesman Henry, hear its history and the story of the “Anglo” settlement of New Orleans and various kin and by-marriages who took part.

Proceed north, passing the Mercer House, still standing, where Statesman Henry stayed.

Reach St. Louis Cemetery Number 2, to pay respects at the Duralde tomb. Duraldes  married Statesman Henry’s brother and daughter. Hear their stories.

Head back to the Quarter.

Note: City Directories from 1805 to the 1840s show the homes and business places of a number of Clays and close relatives. Street numbers have changed since then. Research is being conducted to try to learn the present addresses. If any of these are found, and still standing, we’ll adjust the route to walk by them. If anyone has research on this, we’d love to hear it.

Presently, we’re anticipating about 3-plus miles of walking over the course of 2 or 3 hours. Anyone who does not want to walk is welcome to cab or car service to meeting spots.

A possible add-on, if participants want, would be to visit the Cabildo (the Louisiana State Museum at Jackson Square) to see an armoire associated with Henry Clay.

Richmond / Williamsburg: C’mon Down

Mary Richardson, Nancy Cook, and/or Leontyne Clay Peck are eager to welcome small groups to the Richmond and Williamsburg, Virginia, areas on an ad hoc basis. 

General notes

CFS Field Trips are guided events in places of interest to our Clay Families. Typically, they’ll take a day or an afternoon, though some might stretch longer. There is no charge by CFS to attend. All travel and lodging and meal arrangements / payments will be left up to individual attendees. Though, in most cases, the trip leader will be able to make some recommendations.

Get in touch with CFS to RSVP and for more details.