Versailles Bankruptcy Attorneys
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Located in Woodford County, the city of Versailles, KY, is part of the Lexington-Fayette Metropolitan Statistical Area that thrives comfortably in the state’s Bluegrass region. The city had humble beginnings on a mere 80 acres of land owned by a child named Hezekiah Briscoe. Briscoe’s guardian at the time, Major Marquis Calmes, chose to name the spot after the famous French city of the same name in honor of his friend, hero of both the American and French Revolutions, General Lafayette. Pronounced phonetically, as opposed to the French city, Versailles was incorporated on February 13, 1837, and for a brief time was occupied by both the Union and Confederacy during the Civil War.
In fact, a piece of civil war history, The Confederate Monument in Versailles, can be found in the city cemetery and is listed on the National Register of Historic places. The white marble structure, which was erected in 1877, is known for its hexagonal shape and is secured on a base made of concrete and local limestone. Standing higher than the surrounding headstones, the monument marks the center of a circle of Confederate graves and displays the names of Confederate veterans on each of its six sides.
If history is where your heart is, consider hopping aboard a 1920s-1930s train for one of the Bluegrass Scenic Railroad Museum’s magnificent tours. The museum operates an 11-mile, 90-minute round-trip excursion through days past. You’ll see a rare watchman’s shanty as well as actual friction bearing trucks that were commonly used before being replaced by modern roller bearings. The ride also includes a look at actual stones from Kentucky’s first railroad built back in 1831. The entire trip winds you through beautiful countryside featuring tobacco fields, picturesque horse farms, and the palisades of the Kentucky River where riders can photograph Young’s High Bridge.
Versailles is literally surrounded by extraordinary farm land, including some of the most well-known breeding and training horse farms in the area. Several past winners of the Kentucky Derby make their home here alongside up-and-coming Thoroughbred, Standardbred, and Saddlebred horses. Thoroughbred horse farms abound, such as Ashford Stud, Brookdale Farm, Buck Pond Farm, Fallbrook Farm, Gainsborough Farm, Glenwood Farm, Lane’s End Farm, Pin Oak Stud, Sun Valley Farm, Three Chimneys Farm, and WinStar Farm. Standardbred horses can be found at Brittany Farms, among others, while Belle Reve Farm (owned by actor William Shatner) and Diamond View Farms are where to find Saddlebred horses.
While this part of Woodford County is known for its horses, it’s also the proud home of Woodford Reserve, an internationally respected brand of premium small batch straight bourbon whiskey. The distillery building was built in 1838, but distilling at the site began several years earlier in 1780. It is therefore the oldest of the nine bourbon distilleries operating in Kentucky as of 2010 (though distilling at the site has not been continuous). Woodford Reserve distillery became part of the National Register of Historic Places in 1995, and was officially named a National History Landmark in 2000, proving that whiskey is not just a spirit, but a work of art.
In more recent history, the city has proudly embraced another art form: theater. Since 1987, Versailles’s Woodford Theater, previously known as the Woodford County Theatrical Arts Association, has built a more than respectable reputation for excellent live entertainment. A subscription season includes four or five productions, and opens auditions and behind the scenes opportunities to people of all ages and backgrounds. The organization’s dedication to following a professional and educational model earns it high regards from critics and show-goers alike.
From community theater stage to the big screen, you may also recognize the landscape of Versailles from a few Hollywood films. “Elizabethtown,” a 2005 comedy-drama about that Hardin County city, filmed most of its small-town scenes in Versailles. You can also find the city as the backdrop for the 2005 Kurt Russell movie “Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story.” “Secretariat,” a 2010 film about Kentucky’s famous Thoroughbred racehorse, was filmed partially at Pisgah Presbyterian Church on Pisgah Pike. About ten minutes south of the Church in the heart of downtown Versailles on Main Street sits the Woodford County Courthouse, which offers many services such as marriage licenses, deed recording, and voter registration. All bankruptcy issues are dealt with at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky at 100 East Vine Street in Lexington.