National Register Listings in
Woodford County, Kentucky

Airy Mount Alexander Plantation House Allen, John, House Arnold-Wooldridge House Ayres House Big Sink Rural Historic District Big Spring Church Black, Charles, Farm Blackburn, Edward M., House Broadhead, Lucas, House Buck Pond Calmes, Marquis, Tomb Carter House Cleveland House Clifton Country Club Clifton-McCraken Rural Historic District Cole, Richard, Homestead Confederate Monument in Versailles Cooper House Downtown Versailles Historic District DuPuy, Joel, House Edgewood Edwards, Thomas, House and Quarters Elkwood Garrett, William, House Graham, John, House Guyn's Mill Historic District Guyn, Robert, Jr., House Hammon, Ezra, House Harris, A. T., House Heartland Hogan Quarters Humphries Estate Quarters Jennings, Dr. William, House Jouett, Capt. Jack, House Labrot & Graham Distillery Leavy Tobacco Barn Lee's Tavern Lyne, Thomas, House Margaret Hall Martyrs Monument in Midway McCrackin Distillery and Mill McCrackin, Cyrus, House and Quarters Midway Historic District Miller's House at Mortonsville Mill Moore, George F., Place Morgan Street Historic District Moss Side Muldrow, Andrew, Quarters Munday's Landing Nuckols, Claiborne W., Farmstead Nugent's Crossroad Historic District Old Taylor Distillery Paul Family Complex Payne, Lewis, House Pinkerton Hall Pisgah Presbyterian Church Pisgah Rural Historic District Pleasant Lawn Ready-Twyman House Robertson Place Rose Hill Historic District Scearce House South Main Street Historic District Stone House at Fisher's Mill Stone House on Beale's Run Stone House on Clifton Pike Stone House on Steele's Grant Stone House on Tanner's Creek Taylor, E. W., House Thomas, Solomon, House Versailles Elementary School W.B. Spring House Wallace Station Historic District Wallace, Samuel, House Wallace-Alford Farmstead Welcome Hall Wilson, Benjamin, House Wyndehurst
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The first bourbon whiskey was distilled in Kentucky in the late 18th century. Today, Kentucky is known for its bourbon production and is home to many famous bourbon distilleries.
Woodford County, Kentucky, is located in the Bluegrass region and is known for its rich history dating back to the early settlement days. The county was established in 1788, making it one of the oldest in the state. Woodford County was named after William Woodford, a Revolutionary War hero.

In the early years of settlement, Woodford County was primarily a farming community, with tobacco being the main cash crop. The fertile soil and favorable climate of the Bluegrass region made it ideal for growing tobacco, and many wealthy planters established large plantations in the area. The county also became known for its thriving horse industry, producing some of the finest thoroughbreds in the country.

Woodford County played a significant role in Kentucky's history during the Civil War. While the county was predominantly pro-Union, it was surrounded by pro-Confederate regions, leading to clashes and tension during the war. The Battle of Perryville, one of the bloodiest battles in Kentucky, took place near the county border in 1862. After the war, Woodford County experienced economic hardships due to the decline of the tobacco industry and the aftermath of the war.

In the 20th century, Woodford County went through a period of revitalization. The establishment of the Blue Grass Army Depot during World War II brought economic opportunities and helped shape the county's future. Today, Woodford County is known for its charming small towns, picturesque landscapes, and a thriving equestrian industry. The county has preserved its historic character with many well-preserved buildings and landmarks from its early years, attracting visitors who appreciate its rich heritage.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Woodford County, Kentucky.

  • 1789: Woodford County is formed from a part of Fayette County.
  • 1792: Kentucky becomes the 15th state of the United States.
  • 1793: Versailles is established as the county seat of Woodford County.
  • 1800s: Woodford County becomes a major center for horse breeding and racing.
  • 1825: Woodford County's population reaches over 10,000.
  • 1859: The Woodford County Courthouse is built in Versailles.
  • 1861-1865: Woodford County residents actively participate in the American Civil War.
  • 1872: The Versailles Library is established, becoming the first public library in Kentucky.
  • 1938: The Woodford County Thoroughbred Association is formed to promote horse racing.
  • 1973: The Woodford Reserve Distillery opens, becoming a major bourbon producer.
  • 2000: Paxton Inn, a historic landmark in Woodford County, is restored.