William Whitley chose well, when he picked the site for his home and also his racetrack. The estate was named Sportsman’s Hill and today is preserved as a state historic site in Kentucky.
Built of brick made on the property, this house welcomed visitors along the Wilderness Road. Of simple design with two rooms on each of it’s three floors it was home to William and Ester Whitley and their 11 children. The house was continually occupied as a home until the state took possession of it in the late 1930’s.
But to come upon such a grand site as this house must have amazed and delighted travelers in the late 1700’s. At a time when Indian attacks were prevalent on the frontier, both Whitley and his brick house were well known. Visitors were always welcome and the races and shooting matches became legendary. Across the road from the house is the land where the racetrack stood. It has only recently again become part of the property. And on the day we visited several 18th century gentleman rode their horses up to the top of Sportman’s hill. So travel along with us and see the sights and sounds of a typical 1790’s day at the William Whitley house.