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Waveland State Historic Site

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Such a special find!

Visited Waveland today. I live in Lexington but my 89 year old mother-in-law was visiting. She is... read more

Reviewed August 2, 2018
Roberta H
Bellbrook, OH
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A plantation with a slightly different perspective

Although a fine house, not as massive as some, has changed some over time & was a 'working' house... read more

Reviewed August 1, 2018
Fort Smith, Arkansas
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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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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 August 2, 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 Roberta H
Reviewed August 1, 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 June 20, 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

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Reviewed May 25, 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 February 21, 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 December 12, 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

Thank horseshowmom
Reviewed November 10, 2017

My husband and I were treated to a 1.5 hour tour of this mid-1800's fine home. with many interesting historical stories and artifacts that have been donated to the site. Best-preserved slave quarters in the state. A treasure I did not know was in the...More

1  Thank lisamZ3845TH
Reviewed October 29, 2017

Needed to kill a few hours so we stopped by. Really enjoyed it. Good deal for the money. Workers were very friendly.

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Reviewed October 17, 2017 via mobile

Waveland is such a historic gem. It looks like the family will return to their majestic home at any moment. Tables set, tea ready, and beds made. It truly feels like a walk through time with intact slave quarters, smoke house and ice house. Tour...More

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October 27, 2017|
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Response from 570maryellen | Reviewed this property |
There is free , ample parking Enjoy!
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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