Versailles celebrates 230 years, community nothing but love for small town

The city of Versailles turns 230 years old after being founded in 1792


VERSAILLES, Ky. (WTVQ) – Versailles was founded in 1792 and is celebrating its 230th birthday with two-days worth of events. Many people say this is a milestone they didn’t think they’d be around to see. Though many say it was exciting to hear from Kentucky derby winner and Woodford County native Eric Reed, people really gathered to share laughter and stories of their beloved city.

“The love and the peace you have here in a small town, you can’t find anyplace else,” says lifelong resident Joyce Hedges.

Hedges is just one of the many lifelong Versailles residents that’s proud of where she came from.

“The county, the city, everything is just so important to me and I think we need to respect our heritage. We need to teach our children to respect our heritage,” says Hedges. “They grow up, educated, move away and never come back. But most of us just never left.”

During Thursday’s celebrations, people were asked to raise their hand for the amount of time they’d lived in Versailles. Atta Payton and Edith Hogg, some of Versailles oldest residents, both at around 9 decades in the area.

“We have a good time around here. We patronize the people of Woodford County,” says Payton.

It was clear the tight bond in the community and love the people had for one another.

“The people here are the kindest and there’s a pride of being from Versailles and being in Versailles that really is inspiring,” says Versailles Mayor Brian Traugott.

The birthday celebrations continue Friday with a block party in the downtown historic district. The Woodford County Historical Society says anyone is welcome to come see what their small town is all about.

“It’s a town thing, it’s a Versailles thing,” says Sally Graul, President of the Woodford County Historical Board.

For more information on Friday’s block party, click the link HERE.


VERSAILLES, Ky. (WTVQ) – Versailles is having a big celebration for the city’s 230 birthday and plan to honor Kentucky Derby trainer from Woodford County, Eric Reed.

According to Emily Downey, President of the Woodford Chamber of Commerce, Versailles will also host a Duck Derby where you can adopt a duck for $5 for a chance to win some big prizes.

All of the proceeds collected will go back to children and families in need, according to Downey.

The race is June 25 at 12 p.m. at Lakeside at Lexington Green. To register for the race click HERE.

Downey says 25 prizes will be awarded and the grand prize is $5,000 dollars.

You don’t have to be present to win or participate because you can watch the race on Facebook Live.

Finally, you can take part in a tour on Friday, June 24, 2022 from 5:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. called Woodford Unreserved. Tickets are $30 dollars a person.

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