Waveland State Historic Site

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Waveland State Historic Site


(859) 272-3611

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Waveland exemplifies plantation life in Kentucky in the 19th-century; from the acres of grain and hemp waving in the breeze (hence the Waveland name), to the raising and racing of blooded trotting horses. The outbuildings of Waveland, the slave quarters, smokehouse, and icehouse, are important reminders of the social and economic climate of the time.

This beautiful Greek revival home was built in 1847 by Joseph Bryan, a grandnephew of Daniel Boone. Family tradition holds that Daniel Boone surveyed the land where Waveland now stands for his nephew and namesake, Daniel Boone Bryan.

Tours of Waveland focus on the Bryan family and life on a 19th-century Kentucky plantation.

Map of Waveland (KY)

Latitude, Longitude: 37.970891, -84.537216



  • Historic Sites

    Tours of Waveland focus on the Bryan family and life on a 19th-century Kentucky plantation. A tour guide will share with you the historical treasures of Waveland and the Bryan family. The tour also includes the outbuildings, where guests learn about slave life in Kentucky. Stroll among the flower and herb gardens, and a short nature trail.

  • Picnicking

    Enjoy a picnic lunch on the lawn of Waveland, surrounded by the beautiful Lexington countryside. Picnic tables and a playground are provided for your comfort and enjoyment.


Summers are hot and humid with temperatures ranging from night time lows 60's to mid 70's; day time highs from upper 80's to mid 90's. Winters are cold with night time lows ranging from low 20's to low 30's; day time highs from mid 20's to upper 30's. Extreme highs can reach 100 degree Fahrenheit; extreme lows can drop to zero degree F., these temperatures are rare. Spring and fall seasons are beautiful in Kentucky with mild temperatures.



Waveland is located 6 miles south of Main Street in Lexington off Nicholasville Road / US 27, on Waveland Museum Road.


Bluegrass Airport is the nearest airport.

Phone Numbers


(859) 272-3611