Woodford County Chamber of Commerce

This was the website for the Woodford County Chamber of Commerce‚Äč for a number of years. 
Content is from the site's 1999- 2007 archived pages.

The current website for Woodford County Chamber of Commerce‚Äč is found at: http://www.woodfordcountyinfo.com/‚Äč

Woodford County
Chamber of Commerce
141 North Main Street
Versailles,  KY  40383
Phone: ( 859 ) 873-5122
Fax: ( 859 ) 873-4576
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday


Woodford County at a Glance

" I never met a Kentuckian who wasn't coming home."
- A.B."Happy" Chandler


Interesting Facts & Information

Woodford County was formed in 1789 and is located between Lexington and Frankfort, Kentucky.  The county is nestled in the heart of the Bluegrass thoroughbred country.

Many of the thousands of acres of horse farms that make up Woodford county have been host to such notable figures as Queen Elizabeth II, President Bush and William Jennings Bryan.  These farms are home to many famous thoroughbreds including Kentucky Derby Winner Seattle Slew and two time Horse of the Year, Cigar.    Also, Woodford County offers numerous opportunities for the antique lover.

Versailles, the Woodford County seat, was founded in 1792 by General Marquis Calmes. The area was once known as Falling Spring, but the town was named to honor General Lafayette.  Versailles offers a wealth of historic southern homes and buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Midwaywas built by the Lexington and Ohio Railroad in 1831. The site was also known as Middleway. Midway is the home of Midway College.  Chartered in 1847,   Midway College is an independent liberal arts college for women. Railroad Street, centered around railroad tracks, features Victorian-style antique shops, gift boutiques and restaurants.

Nonesuch was founded in 1870.  It is home of Irish Acres Gallery of Antiques.   This lavish 32,000-square foot gallery is located in an old elementary school and houses the award-winning restaurant known as The Glitz.



Woodford County:  Versailles, Midway and Nonesuch, Kentucky

POPULATION (2001): Woodford County: 23,208; Versailles City Limits: 7,511; Midway City Limits: 1,620

Area: 191 square miles

Churches:   51


  • Temperature:The average annual temperature is 55 degrees.  The record high ( July 1988 ) was 103 degrees.  The record low was -21 degrees.  ( 1993 figures )

  • Precipitation:Normal precipitation is 45.68 inches a year.  Average number of days precipitation is 130 days with an average of 44 days being thunderstorms.  ( 1993 figures )


Cable Television: Adelphia, Richmond, Kentucky, 65 Channels - Basic

Newspaper: The Woodford Sun, 184 South Main Street. Circulation: 5,900.

Postal Service: United States Postal Service, 149 Fieldview Drive. First Class service with incoming mail two times a night and outgoing mail two times a day.

Radio Stations: WJMM 99.3 FM, WCGW 770 AM, and WUGR 1250 AM
Woodford County consistently has the lowest unemployment rates statewide.
The total number of Woodford County residents employed in 2001 averaged
13,658 with an unemployment rate of 2.8%.
In Woodford county: 4 public elementary schools; 4 private elementary schools; 1 middle school (Grades 7-8); 1 high school, and 1 alternative school (Grades 7-12.)
Midway is home to Midway College, a women’s college with an enrollment of over 2,000 that includes co-educational evening programs.
Within 50 miles of Versailles, there are a number of colleges and universities:
University of Kentucky, Lexington; Transylvania University, Lexington;
Kentucky State University, Frankfort; Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond;
Asbury College and Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore; Georgetown
College, Georgetown; and Centre College, Danville.
Vocational education training is available just 13 miles east in Lexington at
the Central Kentucky Regional Technology Center. There are also two Fayette
County Centers for Applied Technology. Frankfort offers vocational education
at the Franklin County Vocational Technical School and at the Anderson
County Regional Technology Center in nearby Lawrenceburg. Adult education
and literacy services are provided through the Community Education Center
in Versailles.
There are five banks in the area: Citizens Commerce National Bank,
Community Trust Bank, Kentucky Bank, National City Bank, and United Bank
and Trust Company.
Bluegrass Community Hospital, Comprehensive Care Center, Woodford
County Health Department, and the Woodford County Ambulance Service.

2003 Property

  • State 1.33
  • Fire .35
  • Library .60
  • County .70
  • School 4.65
  • Health .20
  • Agr. .145

      Total 7.975

  • Inside Versailles 7.625
  • Versailles .44

      Total Versailles 8.065

  • Inside Midway 7.625
  • Midway 1.00

      Total Midway 8.625

Bluegrass Airport, eight miles east of Versailles. Scheduled commercial airline
service with over 100 daily arrivals and departures.
Major highways serving Woodford County and Versailles are US 60 and 62,
both "AAA" rated trucking highways; the Bluegrass Parkway, 3 miles south
of the city via Kentucky 33, a "AA" rated trucking highway; Interstate 64,
located 8 miles northeast via US 62 or 10 miles north-west via US 60; and
access to interstate 75, located 17 miles east of Versailles at Lexington.
Interstate 64 and 75 intersect approximately 4 miles north of Lexington.
Motor Freight:
Thirty-one common carrier trucking companies provide interstate and/or
intrastate service to Versailles.
The Lexington and Ohio Railroad provides branch line rail service to
Versailles. The nearest intermodal facilities are available in Georgetown,
Kentucky, 18 miles northeast of Versailles.
The Kentucky River is located five miles west of Versailles and flows along
the western boundary of the county. A six-foot navigation channel is maintained from Frankfort to the Ohio River near Carrollton, Kentucky.

About the Chamber

Mission Statement
" To promote commerce while making
Woodford County a better place to live."


The Chamber...

  • is an independent, not-for-profit corporation;

  • is a volunteer organization composed of individuals, businesses, industries and professionals who have joined together to accomplish collectively what they cannot do individually;

  • serves as a watchdog and spokesman for business in local and state affairs;

  • acts as a business agent and salesmanager in promoting Woodford County, your firm, your products and services;

  • works as the information bureau to promote tourism and provide statistical data to meet most business needs;

  • publicizes and promotes Woodford County to people considering moving into or establishing a business here and to expand the tourism industry;

  • strives for a healthily and sound economy by promoting and encouraging new businesses and expansion of existing businesses;

  • enriches the quality of life in Woodford County through support of community activities, cultural events and enrichment programs.


Who Runs the Chamber?

The members run the Chamber. Every year, members elect five directors to serve on the board for a four-year term and the President appoints four directors as vice presidents for a one-year term.  The Judge Executive and Mayors are ex-officio members.  The board sets the policies which govern the operations and activities of the Chamber.  Volunteer committees are separated under four major divisions:  tourism, economic development, internal affairs and public affairs. Activities of the Chamber are supported by a full-time professional staff which manages all Chamber operations.


How is the Chamber Financed?

Membership investments are the primary financial source which is necessary to operate and maintain the Chamber office and carry on the activities of its committees.  These investments, paid annually, are apportioned among its members, consisting primarily of individuals, professionals, businesses and industry.  Since the Chamber of Commerce is not a government agency, it does not receive tax support.


Reasons to Join The Chamber

  • If you are a business located in Woodford County, you depend on this community for transportation, utilities, a work force, materials, etc.  The Chamber works toward providing a healthy climate in which to do business.

  • The support of all business and professional men and women is needed to improve the quality of life and economic well being of Woodford County.  In turn, this means more customers, clients and patients.

  • Joining the Chamber means getting involved and staying involved. It means speaking your mind on important issues that affect your business and all businesses. Membership means meeting other business people and working collectively to accomplish whatever is necessary for business to prosper in Woodford County.

  • Joining the Chamber means being a leader in the business community. The Chamber is also committed to maximize your impact by speaking and acting through the strength in numbers, and through listening to your needs and ideas.

  • The opportunities available to you as a Chamber member are challenging and profitable. The individual as well as the community is benefited by joining the Chamber.

  • When the county prospers, you prosper. By helping to build a thriving community, your investment is strengthened and your opportunities are broadened. You have personal interest in these objectives.

  • Membership investments in the Chamber of Commerce may be tax deductible as an ordinary and necessary business expense.


Historic Places & Attractions


Versailles, the county seat of Woodford County was laid out on May 13, 1793 on 80 acres of land. General Marquis Calmes, one of the town's founders, named it after the City of Versailles, France as a tribute to that country for its help in the Revolutionary War. Previously, the settlement was known to the pioneers as "Falling Spring" because of the large stream that gushed from a hearty cavern.
Versailles is one of Kentucky's oldest towns and is known for it's prominent early settlers, from whom many current residents have descended.  Antique shops, fine restaurants  and historic homes contribute to the charm of this unique community.

Be sure to visit theThe Woodford Reserve Distillery.   The Brown-Forman Corporation has restored it to its original condition and is producing bourbon using the original Scottish "pot still" method.  The 78-acres which make up the distillery are nestled amid some of Kentucky's most famous horse farms. 

Irish Acres Gallery of Antiques is one of the areas most popular tourists attractions. It displays 32,000 square feet of American and European furniture, glassware, china, crystal, silver, linens, dolls, jewelry, decorative accessories and International giftware.   The scenic drive through rural Woodford County takes you to Nonesuch, Kentucky where a former school building has been converted into an antique collector's dream.  The Glitz, a four star restaurant serving lunch in the lower level, completes the experience for visitors.

Nostalgia Station Toy and Train Museumprovides exhibits of vintage toys and toy trains from as early as 1900.  The exhibits are housed in a restored 1911 L&N Railroad Passenger Station.  The gift shop includes Lionel electric trains, literature and repair information.  (US-60 Bypass to Douglas to Depot Street, 859-873-2497)

When the railroad tracks linking Frankfort with Lexington were completed in 1832, the railroad men named the tiny junction town "Midway".  The still active train tracks divide the main street of this quaint community and is known as Railroad Street. With it's famous antique and gift shops, charming inn and country groceries, Midway is a favorite stop for residents and tourists alike.  

A walk around the town or a drive through the beautiful countryside displays the rich architectural heritage of 176 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Nearby Midway College, founded in 1847 is a standout as Kentucky's only women's college.
Pisgah District with its rich agricultural lands, historic homes, ancient tree stands and scenic roads is truly one of the outstanding treasures of Woodford County and the State of Kentucky. The best way to enjoy the area's special beauty is on a driving or biking tour.  Don't miss Pisgah Pike, one of Kentucky's Scenic Byways.  This 4.5 mile stretch of KY-1967 between US-60 and Old Frankfort Pike features horse farms, stone fences, churches, cemeteries, historic dwellings, canopies of trees, creeks and wildflowers. Established in 1784, Pisgah Church was the first Presbyterian Church west of the Allegheny Mountains.  It features the burial site of five Revolutionary War soldiers and A.B. "Happy" Chandler.  The church is located off US-60 near the castle.  (859-873-5122)

The Bluegrass Railroad Museum provides an 11-mile tour through an authentic passenger train and exhibits of railroad equipment and memorabilia.  Hop aboard the Bluegrass Scenic Railroad for a trip through a scenic gorge, a Kentucky River overlook and past the rolling hills of the bluegrass.  Highlights include weekend special events such as Hobo Days,  Reno Brothers Train Robbery,  Halloween Ghost Trains and The Santa Claus Special.   (Woodford County Park, Versailles, 1-800-755-2476)

The Woodford County Historical Society Museum was founded in November of 1966 by William Foley and other concerned citizens of Woodford County.  It  met for a few years in various locations until September of 1969 when it bought the 1819 Big Spring Church / Meeting House as a permanent home for the society. After many years of restoration, the old church building was restored to its original Tidewater Style, inside and out.   At this time, the museum started collecting artifacts as well as compiling historical data.   The purpose of the Society is to bring together persons interested in the history of Woodford County and its communities.  The main function is to collect materials that best illustrate the history of the people that chose this part of The Bluegrass to call home.  An additional goal is to disburse information on the county's history through the Society's Newsletter, exhibits and other publications.   Meetings are held the 4th Thursday of each month at 7:30pm  ( 121 Rose Hill, Versailles   859-873-6786 )

The Captain John "Jack" Jouett House was built  in 1797 by Jouett, a Revolutionary War hero who rode all night to save Governor Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry and other Virginia Legislators from  capture by the British.  Captain Jouett was known as the "Paul Revere of the South".  His son was portrait artist Matthew Jouett. The house still stands on it's original site with much of its original charm preserved.         (5 miles west on McCowan's Ferry Road to Craig's Creek Pike,   859-873-7902)

Fill your senses with the sights and sounds of some of Kentucky's natural wonders at the  Buckley Wildlife Sanctuary. Small ponds and fields dot this 374-acre National Audubon Facility.   Nestled among the gentle rolling hills along the Kentucky River near Millville in the Northwestern corner of Woodford County, this area provides hiking trails, bird blind and a nature center to thousands of visitors annually.   Groups can call ahead to schedule workshops, interpretive trail walks, slide presentations and environmental education activities.    There are picnic tables and a Gift Shop. (1305 Germany Road - 6 miles off US-60 West, 859-873-5711)

Home of Major John Crittenden whose son John Jordon Crittenden served as Governor of Kentucky from 1848 - 1850, the Crittenden Cabin is located on the grounds of The Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children and Youths.  ( Cabin viewed by appointment only )

Another of  Kentucky's Scenic Byways is Old Frankfort Pike (KY-1681). The 15-mile route begins northeast of Lexington and passes through the heart of horse farm country, including the section known as "shady lane," with a beautiful canopy of trees overhead.

Equus Run Vineyards is nestled on 35 acres in the heart of Central Kentucky known for its thoroughbred estates and rolling fields of Bluegrass. Amidst picturesque stone fences, thoroughbreds and the quaint charm of Midway, KY, the vineyard is gently wrapped by the banks of the Elkhorn Creek. Our boutique vineyard is within 15 minutes of Lexington, Versailles, Frankfort and Georgetown. Acres of grape varieties are planted in Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Norton, Cabernet Franc, Chardonel, and Vidal Blanc.g. W

Old Friends is a non-profit organization providing a dignified retirement home for Thoroughbreds.  It is a unique destination for tourists looking for an authentic up close encounter with racing’s elite.  Located at Hurstland Farm in historic Midway, Old Friends offers daily tours by appointment.  859 846-9094.e invit

Wildside Vines Winery and Vineyard: Quality grapes and wine. We believe that quality wine is made in the vineyard.  We limit production to ensure that each grape has maximum flavor.  This flavor is evident in the wines we produce. Our berry wines are pure berries.  We don't add any water - this is rare to completely unheard of in making berry wines.  Why? - It's just too expensive!  We could sell the fresh berries for more than the wine.  Why do we do it then?  We want to impress our customers!  We want to be known for the best wines at reasonable prices.