Waveland’s Treasures 50th Anniversary of Waveland State Historic Site

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Situated along bustling Route 27 only six miles from downtown Lexington, Kentucky—the historic Waveland Mansion is one of the finest examples of Ante Bellum architecture in the state, preserved today as museum complete with period 19th century furniture and pre-Civil War charm.

To celebrate its 50th Anniversary as a state historic site, Waveland’s Treasures features over 200 photographs of the mansion, its rooms, furniture, outbuildings, and grounds, taken by award-winning photographer Bob Willcutt. The book also presents a detailed history of the estate and grounds, the Bryan family, enslaved people at Waveland, and modern-day activities.

Waveland’s Treasures is the perfect way to enjoy the historic splendor of Waveland State Historic Site throughout the year, and the perfect souvenir for visitors to this beautiful country estate.


Kentucky Historical Society honors Bob Willcutt & Susan Miller, Waveland’s Treasures with Publication Award – Private Press -2022


The Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2022 Award Winner 

Clay Lancaster Heritage Education Award:  Susan V. Miller and Bob Willcutt for Waveland’s Treasures

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Proceeds from the sale of this book will also help other communities and organizations preserve their history through Our American Heritage Project, a non-profit organization.
About The Author

Bob Willcutt 

Bob Willcutt has always had an interest and respect for all types of art, especially photography. He came to Kentucky in 1966 to attend the University of Kentucky, and although he still did some photography, his time was spent on scholastic and musical pursuits. When he started his own business in 1968 and expanded to a full store in 1979, naming it Willcutt Guitars, he was attracted to the art aspect of guitars. When he began his website, WillcuttGuitars.com, in 1998, he was finally able to use his photog Learn More about Bob Willcutt

Photographs by Bob Willcutt 

Bob Willcutt has always had an interest and respect for all types of art, especially photography. In the 1960s, he was the photo editor for his high school newspaper (Woodrow Wilson High in Washington, DC), and learned to shoot with film as well as mastering darkroom development techniques. Living in the nation’s capital exposed him to the best art museums and a level of expected expertise in all endeavors.

He came to Kentucky in 1966 to attend the University of Kentucky, and although Learn More about Photographs by Bob Willcutt

Susan Miller  Susan Miller retired from the Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road Council in February 2016, after serving 31 years as Program Services Director. Susan started volunteering at Waveland in May of 2016 and in August of that same year, she became a staff member working as an historical interpreter. Coincidentally, Susan also worked at Barren River Lake State Resort Park, her first job right after graduating college, serving as Park Naturalist for four years. Susan is a member of the Association of Li Learn More about Susan Miller

Waveland’s Treasures takes the reader on a 50-year journey of the evolution of Waveland State Historic Site using the history, the architecture, and the artifacts to tell the story. Dr. Hambleton Tapp, the founder of the original museum at Waveland, collected items from pioneer times to the mid-20th century to tell Kentucky’s history. Today, many of those objects have been included in the restoration of the house, which includes reproduction 19th century fabrics, wallpaper, and carpets.”

-—Sara Elliott, Executive Director of Liberty Hall, Frankfort, Kentucky Director of Waveland State Historic Site 1986-1999

“Waveland State Historic Site, once the home-place of the early Kentucky Bryan family, is arguably one of the best kept secrets in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. It’s amazing that many Kentuckians have spent their whole lives in or near Lexington and never visited this historic icon. Tens of thousands drive by the large Waveland sign on Nicholasville Road daily, obviously having no idea of the exhibited Kentucky treasures or the historical significance of this Kentucky landmark. is is about to change! Bob Willcutt and Susan Miller’s book, Waveland’s Treasures, captures the essence of the Waveland plantation, putting this exciting and important story of early Lexington and the Bryan family at one’s fingertips.”

-—Mel Hankla, Ed.D., Author Into the Bluegrass, Art and Artistry of Kentucky’s Historic Icons

“Named for the wave-like rolling hills that make up the home’s property, Waveland, considered by many to be the finest example of Greek Revival architecture within the Commonwealth of Kentucky, sits atop like a mighty ship. The site is a gem of our State Parks system that, through its preservation, collection of artifacts, and period interpretation, not only displays the past but makes one feel history.”

-—Jackson Osborne, Preservation Outreach Coordinator The Blue Grass Trust for Historic Preservation

Book Details
Author: Bob Willcutt, Photographs by Bob Willcutt, Susan Miller
Pages: 224 pages
Product Dimensions: 9"x12"
ISBN: 978-1-948901-83-3
Cover Type: Hardcover
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