The Howard Theater, Crab Orchard, KY. Built in 1947 the theater looks to have been restored from its outward appearance. It is located in Crab Orchard, KY on KY 39 , the main drag for the town. Many famous entertainers had performed there including Loretta Lynn, the Osborne Brothers, the father of Bluegrass Bill Monroe, Conway Twitty, Homer Harrison and his trained horse, and Jerry Lee Lewis who stated on CMT that it was one of the roughest places he performed. The youngest act to perform in the theater was country singer John Michael Montgomery at the age of 5. He was booked in the theater by his father, Harold Montgomery.

William Whitley House State Historic Site is one of the first brick house west of the Allegheny Mountains. The estate, named Sportsman's Hill, was home to William and Esther Whitley and had the first circular racetrack to run counter-clockwise in the United States.
 The Whitley family was one of the first families to settle in frontier Kentucky in the 1770s.  William Whitley would serve with George Rogers Clark, Captain John Montgomery, and later under Kentucky's first governor, Isaac Shelby, as a major in the 6th Regiment of the Kentucky militia.  


Hours of Operation
Grounds open seasonally.
Open for tours April 1 through April 16.
Wednesday through Saturday - 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., last tour at 4:30 p.m. 
CLOSED every Sunday through April 17, Re-opens for Sunday tours on April 24.

CALL: 606-355-2881 for information.


​William Whitley House

Cedar Creek Lake 


Cedar Creek Lake is a 784-acre reservoir in eastern Lincoln County, Kentucky, USA, between Stanford and Crab Orchard along U.S. Highway 150. Cedar Creek Lake is the second largest state-controlled lake in Kentucky.



Howard Theater