Kentucky Tourism

William Whitley House Stanford, KY


William Whitley House State Historic Site
625 William Whitley Rd.
Stanford, KY 40484
Park Manager: Charla Reed
PlaygroundsUnique AttractionWildlife Viewing

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

ALERT:  The William Whitley house and gift shop will be closed September 6-9, 2018 and may reopen September 13, 2018.  We apologize for any inconvenience.  The grounds will be open as normal.

The grounds are open beginning April 1 (playground, shelter rental, and restrooms only) and access to the Sportsman’s Hill Walking Loop Trail is open year-round.

*The William Whitley house is available for Group Tours by calling the Park at (606) 355-2881.

The Park opens for regular tours beginning May 31 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays only.  You may call the park to see if appointments on other days can be arranged.

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