Main part of house, two~story brick structure, built in 1860s by Edward Anderson. Edward Atkins bought it in 1903 and had noted Paducah architect A.L. Lassiter transform Victorian farmhouse into Classical revival mansion. He added the Corinthian ~ columned front portico, and named house Whitehaven.
In 1908, Paducah Mayor James P. Smith bought and renamed home "Bide~A~Wee," Scottish adage for "Come Rest A While." Smith family members lived here until 1968. After mansion restored, it opened on June 23, 1983, as Whitehaven Tourist Welcome Center. Listed on the National Register of Historic Place in 1984. Presented by McCracken Co. Civic Beautification Board
Erected 1984 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1754.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 37° 3.02′ N, 88° 39.16′ W. Marker is in Paducah, Kentucky, in McCracken County. Marker is at the intersection of Lone Oak Road and Interstate 24 on Lone Oak Road. Touch for map. Welcome Center on I-24. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1845 Lone Oak Rd, Paducah KY 42001, United States of America.
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