Whitehaven Welcome Center

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This rest stop/historical home just minutes from Bryant Law Center was originally built in 1865 as a 2-story brick home by Edward Anderson. The home was then sold 1903 to Edward Atkins who had other dreams for this home. Atkins hired Paducah architect, A L. Lassiter, to transform the 2-story brick home into a  Classical Revival mansion that he named Whitehaven.

Only a few short years after the remodel, the home was sold again in 1908 to Paducah’s mayor, James P Smith. Upon purchase, Smith renamed the home to Bide-A-Wee which is Scottish for “stay a while.” The Smith family lived in the home for the next 60 years until the plans of a new interstate created cause for concern. Fearful that the interstate would run directly through their property, the Smith family walked away from Bide-A-Wee completely.

After many years of vandalism and environmental damage, the home was near ruin. It wasn’t until 1981 when West Kentucky Community and Technical College bought the property from the Smith family. It was then decided that the home would operate as a rest area. In 1984 the home reopened completely restored and with its original name, Whitehaven. This rest stop/historical home is a must see whether you need to stretch your legs or you want to learn more about the history of Paducah. It’s also close to Bob Noble Park where you can spend additional time out of the car and also learn about Paducah’s history.

Address & Hours of Operation

1845 Lone Oak Rd, Paducah, KY 42003

Lobby and restrooms are open 24/7

The Welcome Center is open Monday-Saturday 8:00am – 4:30pm

The rest of the home is open for guided tours every half hour from 1:00pm – 4:00pm

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