William Whitley House State Historic Site

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William Whitley House State Historic Site
Kentucky State Park
Country United States
State Kentucky
County Lincoln
Elevation 938 ft (286 m) [1]
Coordinates 37°28′05″N 84°33′00″W / 37.46806°N 84.55000°W / 37.46806; -84.55000Coordinates: 37°28′05″N 84°33′00″W / 37.46806°N 84.55000°W / 37.46806; -84.55000
Established 1938 [2]
Management Kentucky Department of Parks
Location in Kentucky
Website: William Whitley House State Historic Site
William Whitley House State Shrine
Historic American Buildings Survey Lester Jones, Photographer May 30, 1940 NORTHEAST ELEVATION (FRONT) - Colonel William Whitley House, Stanford-Crab Orchard Pike, Stanford, HABS KY,69- ,1-2.tif
Front of the house as it appeared in 1940
Nearest city Crab Orchard, Kentucky
Built 1787
Architect William Whitley
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 73000814[3]
Added to NRHP April 11, 1973

William Whitley House State Historic Site is a park in Crab Orchard, Kentucky. It features the home of Kentucky pioneer William Whitley and his wife, sharpshooter Esther Whitley. The home was built as a fortress against Indian attacks sometime between 1787 and 1794. The first brick house in Kentucky,[4] its construction marked a transition in the area from log cabins to more formal homes. The site became part of the park system in 1938, and the house was restored by locals between 1948 and 1955.[2]


  1. ^ "William Whitley House State Shrine". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ a b Kleber, John E., ed. (1992). "Historic Sites". The Kentucky Encyclopedia. Associate editors: Thomas D. Clark, Lowell H. Harrison, and James C. Klotter. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky. ISBN 0-8131-1772-0. 
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  4. ^ Federal Writers' Project of the Work Projects Administration for the State of Kentucky (1996). F. Kevin Simon, ed. The WPA Guide to Kentucky. Lexington, Ky.: University Press of Kentucky. p. 128. ISBN 0-8131-0865-9. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 

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