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William Whitley House


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

Grounds open seasonally.

Open for tours May 1 through October 31. 
Wednesday through Saturday - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., last tour at 4:30 p.m.
Sunday - 11 a.m. to 5:00 pm.


$5.00 - Adults
$3.00 - Children
$4.00 - Seniors
Group rate of $1.00 off individual admission fee available.

William Whitley House State Historic Site
625 William Whitley Rd.
Stanford, KY 40484
Phone: (606) 355-2881
Park Manager: Stacy Thomason - Acting

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