Kentucky Tourism

William Whitley House Stanford, KY

The William Whitley House State Historic Site is managed by Lincoln County Fiscal Court. For more information, please visit CLICK HERE!


William Whitley House State Historic Site
625 William Whitley Rd.
Stanford, KY 40484
Park Manager: Jane VanHook, Lincoln County Fiscal Court
PlaygroundsUnique AttractionWildlife Viewing

The William Whitley House and Sportsman's Hill stand 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

The grounds are open year-round (playground, shelter rental, and restrooms only) and access to the Sportsman’s Hill Walking Loop Trail is open year-round.

To reserve the shelter and for group tours call the park at (606) 355-2881.

Regular tours are scheduled to start May 15, 2019.

Admission for the summer is:
$6.00 Adults
Children $4.00
Senior Citizen $5.00
Group rate is $1.00 off admission price.