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Woodford County, Kentucky

William Garrett House

Photo: William Garrett House, circa 1812, 1834, located off Route 169, Keene. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Photographed by Wikipedia username: Christopher L. Riley (own work), 2019, [cc 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons, accessed January, 2023.


Woodford County administrative offices are located at 103 South Main Street, Versailles, KY 40383; phone: 859-873-3711.

Woodford County [1] is located in Central Kentucky, 15 miles west of Lexington. The county is bordered on the west by the Kentucky River and northeast by Elkhorn Creek. Transportation corridors include U.S. 60, 62, and 421, Interstate 64, and the Bluegrass Parkway. The county seat of Versailles was established in 1792 making it one of the oldest communities in Kentucky. Downtown has many historic sites dating back to that era. Midway College was established in 1847 as the first female orphan school in the nation. Agriculture is the foundation for the community. The University of Kentucky Animal Research Center, located in Woodford County, is a 1,500 acre state of the art facility dedicated to beef, sheep, swine, and agronomic research. Woodford County agribusinesses serve local producers as well as international clients. New livestock feed technology, biotechnology research, and diverse entrepreneurship opportunities position agriculture at the gateway for expansion in the near future.

  1. Woodford County Agricultural Development Council, Update of County Comprehensive Plan, 2015, www.agpolicy.ky.gov, accessed October, 2015.