Versailles Association Management Services
Versailles, Kentucky belongs to Woodford County, and is located near Lexington, Kentucky. In 2010, the population was 8,568, and most estimates say that it has grown very little since then, due to the relatively small size of the city. Unlike the French city, Versailles is pronounced “ver-SAYLZ”.
In 1792, the town of Versailles was founded. The land – all eighty-acres of it – was owned by someone named Hezekiah Briscoe, who was only a child at the time. His guardian, a man named Marquis Calmes, named the town after Versailles, France, to honor General Lafayette – a French general that had fought in the Revolutionary War – who was a family friend. During the Civil War, it was occupied by both Confederate forces, and Union forces.
Much of the economy is based on horse breeding and training. There are many farms that specialize in this, and this is the main draw to Versailles, Kentucky. However, there is some semblance of a film industry in Versailles, as well. Many of the scenes in Cameron Crowe’s “Elizabethtown” were filmed here, as were some of the scenes in Disney’s “Secretariat.”
If you plan on visiting Versailles, Kentucky any time in the near future, here is a very special place you can visit to gain an understanding of history, and to see more of Kentucky’s beauty:
Bluegrass Railroad And Museum
This museum is located in Woodford County Park, and its railroad is fully functional, using diesel locomotives. If you go on the railroad, you’ll travel eleven-miles through various horse farms and other sights. If you’re a train enthusiast, or you’d just like to see some history in action, then take note of this.
Versailles isn’t the most spacious or exciting little city, but it’s rich with history, and if you’d like to see some beautiful old buildings, and a real diesel train, then come to Versailles, because it’s all here!