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Waveland State Historic Site

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Nice Tour of Mansion With Many Period Furnishings

The mansion at Waveland contains many furnishings that date from the period of its founding in the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
James G
Lexington, Kentucky

take the tour or just take a walk- interesting Antebellum household and historic slave quarters... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Experience 19th century plantation life at this historic compound where you can tour the mansion or "big house," see quarters where slaves lived, visit a smokehouse and other elements of daily life in the Old South.
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225 Waveland Museum Ln, Lexington, KY 40514-1618
+1 859-272-3611
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 1 January 2013

The tour guide was most informative about the Bryan family who lived there. It was interesting to see how the antebellum families lived, their luxuries (carpet, sugar). I was surprised that a house of that size only had five rooms to visit and as it...More

5  Thank Cricketkitty
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 21 May 2013

After driving almost an hour across town we finally arrived at Waveland. When we arrived we went to the "cabin" as the sign instructed to take a tour of the house. The sign said "tours on the hour". We arrived at 12:55 so thought we...More

3  Thank BL571953
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The mansion at Waveland contains many furnishings that date from the period of its founding in the 1800s, though few are originals. It was nice to see these period furnishings and learn more about the site's history. During an approximately one hour tour, my guide...More

Thank James G
Reviewed 1 week ago

take the tour or just take a walk- interesting Antebellum household and historic slave quarters, ice house, smoke house and rolling walk-able grounds.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Off the beaten track but worth the effort. We got a private tour for most of our visit and it was great. Lots of history here and the guide is great.

Thank robstainedglass
Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

I had verified ahead of time the times of tours and if reservations are required via email. We showed up a half hour before the last tour, walked around a bit and tried the door to open the door to the visitor center. It was...More

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Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

Visited Waveland today. I live in Lexington but my 89 year old mother-in-law was visiting. She is on a walker and the trek would have been too much for her except the wonderful folks from KY who were touring at the same time as us...More

Thank RobertaH24
Reviewed 1 August 2018

Although a fine house, not as massive as some, has changed some over time & was a 'working' house. Unfortunately, some limit to area toured, but our guide did her best to give us a 'feel' for areas not toured. Our guide (in period dress...More

Thank ksvaught
Reviewed 20 June 2018

Arrived at the tail end of a guided tour, I did the normal circuit in reverse - I caught up with the group at the former slave quarters. The building that housed the enslaved of the plantation was well preserved, with the addition of an...More

Thank museum-guru
Reviewed 25 May 2018 via mobile

We were really excited to visit here since it is part of our family heritage. Wasn’t expecting much because there wasn’t much hype written up about it that I found but still was intent on going. What a beautiful house and grounds. Tour was very...More

Thank 778shandab
Reviewed 21 February 2018

Far different from the huge southern plantations we've visited in the past that had truly horrid slave quarters and living conditions. . While these may have been present to a lesser degree here , the building we saw, which also had the kitchen on the...More

1  Thank kaw54realestate
Reviewed 12 December 2017

Well...I am so torn as to how to rate this. The historic site is fabulous, close to Lexington, and very well taken care of. All the employees seem really dedicated. I would love to visit another time when not attending the Christmas Carol to really...More

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Response from 570maryellen | Reviewed this property |
There is free , ample parking Enjoy!
14 August 2015|
Response from rworden | Reviewed this property |
I believe that this was $10 per person. However, we took advantage of a 4 home tour package for only $20 per person which included Waveland, the Mary Todd Lincoln House, The Hunt Morgan House and Ashland home of Henry Clay... More