About This Place
Versailles is a city in Woodford County, Kentucky, United States and is located near Lexington. It is part of the Lexington-Fayette Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 7,511 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Woodford County. The city's name is pronounced differently from the French city of the same name: /vərseɪlz/ ( listen) "ver-sails".
Versailles was founded on June 23, 1792, on 80 acres (320,000 m2) of land owned by Hezekiah Briscoe, at the time only a child. His guardian, Major Marquis Calmes, named the town after Versailles, France, in honor of General Lafayette, a family friend. The city was officially incorporated on February 13, 1837. It was briefly occupied during the American Civil War by both Confederate and Union forces.
In the Inner Bluegrass Region, the area is a center for horse breeding and training, for Thoroughbred and Standardbred racehorses, and Saddlebred pleasure horses.