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Versailles City

Versailles City Hall is located at 196 South Main Street, Versailles, KY 43083; phone: 859-873-4581.

Carter House, ca. 1792, 110 Morgan Street, Versailles, KY, National Register

Photo: Carter House, ca. 1792, 110 Morgan Street, Versailles, KY. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. Photographed by User:Nyttend (own work), 2014, [cc0-by-1.0 (creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/deed.en], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed October, 2015.

Versailles as Described in 1939 [1]

Versailles, seat of Woodford County, was named by General Calmes for Versailles, France, as a tribute to Louis XVI for his timely aid in the Revolutionary War. The town was established in 1792 on the lands of Hezekiah Briscoe, an infant, the title being vested in "a number of gentlemen landowners," among whom was General Marquis Calmes. The town site is a circle whose radius is 600 yards and whose center is the courthouse. On Main Street is the site of Watkins Tavern, a noted inn of early days kept by Henry Watkins, Henry Clay's stepfather. The old landmark burned down about 1932, being, at the time, considerably more than 100 years old. Margaret Hall, an Episcopal school for girls, is a fine example of the mansion of ante-bellum days. Near the eastern edge of the campus is a monument to General Calmes.

  1. Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration for the State of Kentucky, University of Kentucky, Kentucky: A Guide to the Bluegrass State, American Guide Series, Harcourt Brace and Company, New York, 1939.
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