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

Appearance Date: 11/6/2021

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 a 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.

Meet the Author

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Bob Willcutt & Susan Miller

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 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 always attracted to the art aspect of guitars. When he began his website,, in 1998, he was finally able to use his photographic background to provide excellent representations of the world’s finest instruments. This taught him the techniques and the proper selection and uses of the equipment needed to produce quality images on a daily basis. His book, Feathers of Fayette: Wild Birds of Lexington, Kentucky, was published in 2018. His second book, Henry Clay’s Ashland: A Pictorial Tribute to one of America’s Greatest Statesmen and his Lexington, Kentucky Estate, was published in 2019.

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 Lincoln Presenters serving as Second Vice President and the national Mary Lincoln Chair. She is treasurer for the historical Camp Nelson Education and Preservation Foundation. Susan and her husband enjoy mineral and fossil collecting. Susan is also a lifelong collector of seashells. Between the two collectors, their home looks like a museum with mineral, fossil, and shell display cases. Susan has two children and two grandchildren.

Join us Saturday, November 6!

Visit Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Lexington KY for a full day of programs and more than 140 authors on-site to meet-and-greet and sign books! Doors open at 10:00 a.m. See the “Events” page to see Saturday’s schedule.

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