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William Whitley Chapter DAR -
Serving the Community for 45 Years

July 4- Ringing of the Liberty Bell Replica

Held at the University of the Cumberlands, the celebration was a joint event with the Captain Charles Gatliff Chapter SAR. SAR and DAR members are shown below.

July 4

The Liberty Bell replica is shown below.

 

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William Whitley

PatriotWilliam Whitley, for whom the William Whitley DAR Chapter was named and from whom Williamsburg, Kentucky, and its county, Whitley County, Kentucky, received their names, was one of the most distinguished of the early pioneers. His adventurous exploits have shed a coloring of romance over the early history of Kentucky.

He was born August 4, 1749, in what was then Augusta County, Virginia, where he grew to manhood tilling the soil. In 1775, he married Esther Fullen.

Hearing a fine report of Kentucky, he made his way to Kentucky and settled in Lincoln County, where he later built the first brick house in the state. It is located between Stanford and Crab Orchard and is now a State Historic Site open to the public.

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For approximately 20 years after he came to Kentucky, he was engaged in warfare with the Indians. In 1813, in his 65th year, he volunteered with the Kentucky Militia under Governor Shelby and fell in the decisive and victorious Battle of the Thames.

The William Whitley House State Historic Site is located about 10 miles south of Stanford, off US 150. Exit I-75 at US 150 or take US 27 south from Lexington to US 150 east. For more information, please call (606) 355-2881 or visit the web site.