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“An Antebellum Wonder”

Waveland State Historic Site
Ranked #45 of 135 things to do in Lexington
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 14 September 2017

If you are in the area make sure to take advantage of going to see Waveland. The many buildings on site give you a real glimpse into what life was like. We were fortunate to be there the same weekend that there was an art show on the grounds that was fun to take in as well. For the price of 5 dollars that day we took a tour of the mansion and were able to attend the art show. Even without the added bonus of the art show a tour of Waveland is highly recommended. The tour guides were very well versed in the history of this lovely mansion. Make sure to pay attention to the sad story of the one son who does much to lose the family fortune . There are many stairs to climb to the next level so if you are not up for that tour the main level and opt out. There are no places to rest while inside of the mansion. The slaves quarters (at the outdoor kitchen ) are very interesting to see as well. One can get a sense of the immense parts of life represented here . This is a must stop if you are in the area.

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"civil war"
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Reviewed 30 August 2017

An informative glimpse into Kentucky plantation life prior to the civil war. Our tour guide was new but she knew the history of the house and grounds, was very friendly and happy to answer questions. My grand-daughter asked her if it was haunted and she related a couple of things she had experienced on the premises. We were the last tour of the day so we were the only ones there, didn't get to visit the gift shop because it was closed before the tour was over. Was quite surprised at the slave quarters because they were much nicer than others I have seen and actually had some information about them. Nice display of period furnishings and was able to take a lot of pictures. An enjoyable tour for anyone that is interested in history.

Thank Darlene C
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Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

I have been to Lexington many times but have failed to visit Waveland until today. It's an hour tour of the mansion and slave quarters. It's $7 for adults and $6 for seniors. It's well worth the time to visit this historic plantation owned by the Bryan family under 1894. The last descendant didn't handle his finances very well. Fortunately, the folks in the area came through to preserve it for us. Lucky us.

Thank jgbtravels
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Reviewed 2 August 2017 via mobile

We were interested in seeing this beautiful home and it's buildings. I wanted to hear about its history. We did learn some things and we enjoyed seeing the property, particularly the slave quarters. But the tour guide was a little hard to follow. She told a lot of stories with a lot of dramatic pauses. She told stories that were hard to follow. I truly believe she knew a lot and loved her job but after an hour and a half I wanted to run out of the house screaming but I wasn't allowed because we had to stay with the group.

Thank AuntTra
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Reviewed 1 August 2017

Enjoyed going through the house but didn't get to see as much of it as we would have liked. The tour guide was not very informative. Actually had to ask a lot of questions about things to get any information at all.

Thank William O
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