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Versailles, Kentucky
Versailles, Kentucky

Versailles, located near the center of the county, is the Woodford county seat. Founded in 1792, the area was once known as Falling Spring, but the town was named to honor General Marquis de Lafayette. Versailles was incorporated in 1837. The Versailles post office opened in 1801. The population in 2010 was 8,568.

Woodford County Courthouse
The Woodford County Courthouse, the fourth, was completed in 1970. Earlier courthouses were built in 1790, 1793, and 1809.

Just northeast of Versailles on Big Sink Road is the remnant of a meteorite impact crater about a mile wide. It was long thought to be a large sinkhole, but faulting around the structure indicates that it is an astrobleme. It is estimated to be about 440 million years old. Similar, but larger and much more prominent structures, can be seen in Kentucky at Jeptha Knob and the Middlesboro basin.

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