William 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.
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.