Kentucky Tourism

William Whitley House Stanford, KY


William Whitley House State Historic Site
625 William Whitley Rd.
Stanford, KY 40484
Park Manager: Jerry Raisor (State Curator)
PlaygroundsUnique AttractionWildlife Viewing

CALL: 606-355-2881 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. Dubbed the "Guardian of Wilderness Road," the house was a gathering spot for early Kentuckians, including George Rogers Clark and Daniel Boone.

Hours of Operation

Grounds open seasonally but access to the Sportsman's Hill walking loop is open year-round.

November 1, 2017 – December 15, 2017 open by appointment only.  Please call the park to schedule an appointment.

Closed December 16, 2017 – March 31, 2018


$5.00 - Adults
$3.00 - Children
$4.00 - Seniors
Group rate of $1.00 off individual admission fee available.