Waveland Historic Site


Waveland State Historic Site

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Waveland State Historic Site
225 Waveland Museum Ln.
Lexington, KY 40514
Lexington, KY
Bluegrass, Horses, Bourbon & Boone Region


Top Five Things To Do

1. Tour the historic mansion and visit our gift shop.
2. Attend a Tuesday Tea or a vintage Baseball game.
3. Stroll through the small trails and bridges on the grounds and make sure the kids visit the playground.
4. Explore two beautiful tranquil flower and herb gardens, the learning garden and hemp plot.
5. Plan your private event or wedding on the park grounds or in the park barn.

Antebellum house in Lexington, also known as the Joseph Bryan estate, includes three original outbuildings - slave quarters, smokehouse and ice house. Guided tours of Waveland historic site focus on the everyday lives of family and slaves who lived and worked at Waveland in the 1850s.
If you’re interested in this venue for a wedding or reception, or simply need group rates, please contact Waveland State Historic Site.


Please note that there is a yearly photography pass for professional photographers. You may purchase your passes at the cabin during normal business hours. The pass is good for the year. Photography sessions will not be allowed during our special events.

Please understand that if you are doing special sessions that include published photography or video, you will need to get approval from Parks.

For more information, please contact Charla Reed, [email protected] or call, 859-272-3611 or 859-619-8189.

Weddings & Groups

For more information about hosting a group or wedding CLICK HERE.

Hours for Gift Shop, Museum and Tours
Gift Shop Open: Wednesday – Saturday, 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Sunday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Only 2 allowed at one time in gift shop.

Museum & Tours Open: Wednesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Sunday, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Please note that masks are encouraged. Tours on the hour with the last tour at 4 p.m. Knock on cabin door for tickets. Tickets are limited
6 per tour. 

Winter schedule: Weekly teas through Dec. 22, 2020; closed Jan.; weekly teas start again Feb .14, 2021; Park open Weds.- Sun. March 1, 2021.

Things to Do

Tea Tuesday at Waveland 

Reservations are required for this fun featured attraction. For reservations call 859-272-3611.

Explore two beautifully maintained Lexington Garden Club gardens which includes a perennial garden and an herb garden. Growing comes to life in the Waveland Learning Garden. Always a favorite for families to explore with their children.

For a quiet stroll, explore the old mill house structure, foot bridges, natural spring, pond and quaint .25 mile trail.

Gift Shop 
Open early April to November. Closed October 31 - Mar 31 (Please note that gift shop will be open during all December events and is also available by appointment when park is closed)

Please note that the Waveland Museum is closed November 30, 2019 and will reopen for tours April 1, 2020. Tours are available by appointment when closed. Please see calendar for special tours and events in December.

Enjoy a picnic lunch on the lawn of Waveland, surrounded by the beautiful Lexington countryside. Picnic tables, 2 charcoal grills and a playground are provided for your comfort and enjoyment.

A playground is located near the picnic area.

A tour guide will share with you the historical treasures of Waveland and the Bryan family. The tour also includes the outbuildings, where guests learn about slave life in Kentucky.

Tours are available by appointment from January to March. Group tours available with advanced scheduling.

Please note that the Waveland Museum is closed October 31, 2020 and will open April 1, 2020. Tours are available by appointment when closed. Please see calendar for special tours and events in December.

Grounds - OPEN TO PUBLIC, 8 a.m. - DARK

Open year round. Please note that occasionally the grounds are closed for some special events and during inclement weather.


  • Adults: $10.00
  • Seniors (62+): $8.00
  • AAA Rate: $8.00
  • Military: $8.00
  • Adult Groups (10 or more): $8.00
  • Children (6-12): $5.00
  • School Groups (10 or more): $4.00