Department of Parks
Ron Bryant Named Park Manager At Waveland Historic Site
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Ron Bryant, who has written extensively about Kentucky history, has been named the park manager for Waveland Historic Site in Lexington.
Waveland is an 1847 Greek Revival mansion built by Joseph Bryan, a grandnephew of Daniel Boone.
“Ron’s knowledge of Kentucky history will make him an excellent manager for this historic home,” said Parks Commissioner J.T. Miller. “Ron will continue serving as the department’s historian and he’ll continue being a great resource for our historic sites.”
Bryant is a Monroe County native who has taught history at the college level and who has written for such publications as The Kentucky Encyclopedia, The Dictionary of American Biography, The Encyclopedia of Slavery, and several other publications. He also writes about Kentucky political history articles for the Kentucky Gazette.
Before joining the Department of Parks in 2004, Bryant had been the curator of rare books and Kentucky history and genealogist specialist for the Kentucky Historical Society. He received his undergraduate and masters degrees in history from Western Kentucky University and did post-graduate work at the University of Kentucky.
Bryant is the fourth grandnephew of Daniel Boone and is related to the Bryan family.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 52 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Commerce Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. Each year, Kentucky parks draw 7 million visitors and contribute $317 million to the economy. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our Web site at http://www.parks.ky.gov