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 11/1/19*

The William Whitley House is now closed for regular tours until April 16, 2020.  Restrooms at the shelter will be closed from November 1, 2019 through April 1, 2020.  The grounds and trails are open year round weather permitting.  Reservations for shelters for the 2020 season can be made by calling the Lincoln County Courthouse at (606) 365-2534 or by sending an e-mail to jvanhook@lincolnky.com.

**Special Announcement - Christmas Open House**

Come celebrate Christmas on the Wilderness Road with a special Open House December 14th and 15th.  Tours of the William Whitley House will be available on Saturday, December 14th from 4:00 - 7:00 PM and Sunday, December 15th from 2:00 - 5:00 PM.  Donations will be accepted in lieu of admission fees.  Large groups of ten or more should notify Jane Vanhook so that special arrangements can be made to ensure the visit to the Christmas Open House will be an enjoyable experience.  The gift shop will be open during the event.  Cash, debit and credit cards are all accepted. The event will be cancelled in the case of severe inclement weather.  For additional information, call the Lincoln County Courthouse at 606-365-2534 or e-mail jvanhook@lincolnky.com.


Adults $6.00
Children $4.00
Senior Citizen $5.00
Group rate is $1.00 off admission price

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

Questions? Get in touch with us today.


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


102 East Main Street 
Stanford, KY 40484