William Whitley House State Historic Site
Park Manager: Jane Vanhook
625 William Whitley Road
Stanford, KY 40484
A map of the facility can be viewed here.

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 - *updated 4/16/2021*

The William Whitley House will be open for tours beginning May 6, 2021. 

House tours are available and the gift shop will be open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00 - 3:00.  Special appointments are available by contacting Jane Vanhook at jvanhook@lincolnky.com.

The grounds are open daily for walking.  Please continue to practice social distancing.

For more information, please call (606)365-2533 or email jvanhook@lincolnky.com.  

Visit this website for more information on the William Whitley House, now managed by the Lincoln County Fiscal Court.

2020 Kentucky Historical Society's Kentucky History Award Winner

Congratulations to the volunteers of the William Whitley House on winning the 2020 Kentucky History Award - Volunteer Award, presented by the Kentucky Historical Society!  Lincoln County is fortunate to have such caring volunteers working to support the William Whitley House.  To see more about the awards and watch a broadcast of the ceremony, click here.

Questions? Get in touch with us today.


Phone: (606)365-2534
Fax: (606)365-4514


102 East Main Street 
Stanford, KY 40484