Department of Parks
Waveland State Historic Sites Celebrates 40 Years In State Parks
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Waveland State Historic Site in Lexington will celebrate the 40th anniversary of joining the Kentucky State Park system June 24-26.
The celebration will begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 24, with the first Waveland Music Festival. Country, folk, and alternative music will be preformed by local groups. The Waveland Music Festival will be an annual event with more types of music being added each year. There is a $10 admission fee for the Friday event, sponsored by the Friends of Waveland. Proceeds will be used to support the historic site.
On Sunday June 26, at 3 p.m., a ceremony will be held on the grounds of Waveland dedicating a monument marking the site of the old Bryan family cemetery. The remains of some members of the family and their slaves are buried there. The monument will have the names of the founders of Waveland and the names of their slaves engraved on the stone.
An exhibit on Kentucky slavery will be installed in one of the rooms of the slave quarters at the historic site. This exhibit will have copies of documents pertaining to slavery at Waveland, and throughout the commonwealth, as well as photographs and artifacts. The exhibit will be opened to the public June 26. The date of the formal opening will be announced at a later date.
Waveland Plantation belonged to the Bryan family who established Bryans Station in 1779. At one time the plantation consisted of 2,000 acres. During the 19th century, Waveland became a center of the horse industry, with two race tracks located on the estate.
Today, the Waveland mansion and slave quarters are museums depicting life in antebellum Kentucky. Tours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Tours begin on the hour.
For more information, call 859-272-3611.
The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 51 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our website at http://www.parks.ky.gov