Department of Parks
Living History Encampment at William Whitley Historic Site Oct. 24
STANFORD, Ky. – The William Whitley House State Historic Site will host a Living History Encampment on Oct. 24, featuring interpreters portraying figures from the early days of Kentucky’s settlement.
Guests will be able to meet William Whitley, a military figure who built this brick home that became known as the “Guardian of Wilderness Road.” Portrayals of Whitley and other frontier characters will take place during tours of the house.
The museum will operate tours on the hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12. Discounts are offered for groups and seniors.
The William Whitley House, also known as Sportsman's Hill, stands today as a monument to pioneer ingenuity and resourcefulness. It was the first brick home and circular racetrack built west of the Alleghany Mountains, completed in 1794 by William Whitley and his wife Esther. The house was a gathering spot for early Kentuckians, including George Rogers Clark and Daniel Boone.
The William Whitley House is about 10 miles south of Stanford off US 150. Exit I-75 at US 150 or take US 27 south from Lexington to US 150 east.
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 Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our Web site at http://www.parks.ky.gov