Archive for February, 2017

Lindsay Delventhal – History Of Waveland Historic Museum

February 4, 2017

Daniel Boone, who first came to Kentucky in 1767, was one of the few founders of our state. Daniel Bryan, along with his father William and brother Samuel, came to Kentucky to establish a fort on the north fork of Elkhorn Creek in Fayette County. They then returned to the Yadkin River valley and in the fall of that year, the Bryans, in party with Daniel Boone and his family, returned to Kentucky. The Bryans, and many of their neighbors, settled at Bryan’s Station (Waveland State Historic Site). Success with founding and creating new places ran in the family. Boone’s great nephew, Joseph Bryan, created the 2000-acre Waveland estate in 1844 to 1848. The house was built to “please his father,” Daniel Boone Bryan (Infoplease). It is said that Daniel Boone, himself, surveyed the original piece of land prior to it being his great nephew’s. The Bryans came from North Carolina in approximately 1776 and built the Bryan Station fort in 1779. One of them, Daniel Bryan, a grandnephew of Daniel Boone, founded the plantation (Warren).  Bryan and his son, Joseph Henry Bryan, were successful horse breeders.  Not only were there horse stables on their land, but also two race tracks, a gun shop, distillery, gristmill, manufactured saltpeter for gunpowder. The estate also ran a black shop, a paper mill, opened up a Baptist church and a school for females (Kentucky State Parks). Many profitable and successful achievements were made in the early years of the estate. When the slave trade increased, the estate developed slave quarters for their workers to live. The plantation life, compared to various other slave states and plantations, could have been worse. The estate was a small town in itself so it had a different atmosphere. Having workers on this plantation was just another extravagant thing the Bryans owned during the 19th century.

Source: Lindsay Delventhal – History Of Waveland Historic Museum