William Whitley House State Historic Site


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William Whitley House State Historic Site


Location:About 10 miles south of Stanford off US 150.
Facilities:Historic home, gift shop, picnic area, 2 picnic shelters, playground.
Activities:Guided tours.
Special Features:Completed in 1794, this was the first brick home and circular racetrack built in Kentucky. The house was built in the Flemish bond pattern for greater strength and has a secret chamber for hiding in the event of an Indian attack. The racetrack was unique in the nation because it was the first circular design and was built of clay instead of using turf. It is believed that the American practice of racing counter-clockwise began at this track, in response to anti-British feeling at the time -- the British raced in a clockwise direction.
Address:625 William Whitley Rd
Stanford, KY 40484

Phone:606-355-2881
Web: parks.ky.gov/statehistoricsites/ww
Size: 40 acres.

See other parks in Kentucky.