Located just off the Martha Layne Collins Blue Grass Parkway, the charming town of Versailles in Kentucky is the beating heart of Woodford County. Surrounded by magnificent rolling farmlands and world-renowned bluegrass horse farms, Versailles offers a range of attractions and activities from the impressive Stonewall Farm to the Woodford Reserve which produces one of Kentucky’s finest bourbon whiskeys. Versailles’ beautiful landscapes also offer excellent hiking, horseback riding, and fishing. Certain attractions may be temporarily closed or require advance reservations. Hours/availability may have changed.
1.Jack Jouett House Historic Site
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Built in 1797, the Jack Jouett House Historic Site was once home to American Revolution hero Captain Jack Jouett, Jr., who served in both the Kentucky and Virginia general assemblies. He was also part of the Constitutional Convention during which Kentucky became a state. The site today features a stone cabin from the 1780’s, which was converted by Jouett to a kitchen. Tours are typically available on Saturdays, as well as Friday and Sunday afternoons. Tours of the Jack Jouett House Historic Site can also be scheduled by appointment. There is no admission fee to visit the site.
255 Craigs Creek Rd, Versailles, KY 40383, 859-873-7902
2.Sun Valley Farm, Versailles, Kentucky
Established in 1985, Sun Valley Farm is a family-owned and operated Thoroughbred nursery that rears, sells, and exports Thoroughbred stakes horses. A breathtakingly beautiful thoroughbred breeding farm in Woodford County, Sun Valley Farm is home to the historic Samuel Pepper homestead, which was built in 1831 and owned by Samuel Pepper, the son of Elijah Pepper, pioneer master distiller. Today, the homestead is carefully preserved by the Woodford Reserve Distillery. A variety of farm tours are available daily, highlighting day-to-day life on a working Thoroughbred farm nursery.
556 New Cut Rd, Versailles, KY 40383, Phone: 859-879-8068
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3.WinStar Farm, Versailles, Kentucky
WinStar Farm is one of the leading Thoroughbred horse breeding and racing farm in Kentucky. Owned by Kenny Troutt, the farm has produced several Triple Crown and Derby-winning stallions, including Kentucky Derby champions Audible, Always Dreaming, Tiznow, and Yoshida. The vast state-of-the-art stallion complex collectively breeds over 2,500 mares a year with world-class stallions and offers guided tours of the farm, including the stallion barn and the breeding shed. Seasonal Shuttle Tours are conducted on electric shuttles to allow visitors to enjoy the scenic beauty of the huge farm in comfort.
3001 Pisgah Pike, Versailles, KY 40383, Phone: 859-873-1717
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4.Eckert's Orchard, Versailles, KY
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Nestled among the beautiful rolling hills of Central Kentucky, Eckert's Orchard is a 60-acre, family-owned and operated farm that produces seasonal fruit and vegetables from May through November and offers U-pick days to the public. The farm produce blackberries, strawberries, apples, and peaches, as well as asparagus, pumpkins, and other seasonal vegetables, and has a Country Store that sells fresh produce, local jams, organic honey, homemade salsas, and a selection of delicious homemade bakery items, kitchen gadgets, and gifts. The quaint Apple Blossom Café serves a delicious farm-to-table lunch menu and a range of handmade treats.
1396 Pinckard Pike, Versailles, KY 40383, Phone: 859-873-3097
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5.Three Chimneys Farm, Versailles, Kentucky
Three Chimneys Farm is an American Thoroughbred racehorse breeding farm in Midway owned by the Clay family. Established in 1972, the farm began as a small boarding stable for just nine mares and grew into one of the leading Thoroughbred racehorse breeding farms in Kentucky.
1981 Old Frankfort Pike, Versailles, KY 40383, Phone: 859-873-7053
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6.Wildside Winery, Versailles, Kentucky
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Wildside Winery is a craft winery that produces a selection of award-winning wines made with Estate and Kentucky-grown grapes. Established in 2004, the winery is set on 30 acres of beautiful landscapes just outside of Versailles in the heart of horse country and welcomes visitors for tours and tastings year-round. Wildside Winery produces award-winning Cabernet Franc, as well as their ‘Quartet’ blend which is made up of bourbon barrel-aged Cabernet, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Sirah, and a semi-sweet Traminette white wine. The winery is also available for special events and functions like weddings.
5500 Troy Pike, Versailles, KY 40383, Phone: 859-879-3982
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7.Irish Acres Gallery of Antiques
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Irish Acres Gallery of Antiques is a family-owned antique gallery that has been curating a selection of antiques from all periods for over 45 years. The three-generation antique gallery was established in 1974 by Bonnie and Arch Hannigan in a stall of their horse barn and has grown into one of the leading antique dealers in the state with a 32,000 square foot store selling a wealth of one-of-a-kind antiques, collectibles, vintage objects, and treasures. Downstairs from the gallery is the Glitz restaurant which offers a one-of-a-kind dining experience with old stone walls, elegant chandeliers, and twinkling fairy lights.
4205 Fords Mill Rd, Versailles, KY 40383, Phone: 859-873-7235
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8.Woodford Theatre, Versailles, Kentucky
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Located inside the Falling Springs Recreation Center, the Woodford Theatre is a community center that presents an array of performances, plays, shows, and special events throughout the year. Established over 30 years ago, the theater supports local artists, actors, and theatrical performers and produces a range of local plays, including dramas, comedies, musicals, dance recitals, and other forms of artistic performance. The Woodford Theatre also offers a variety of acting classes and workshops for students of all ages, as well as educational programs, and summer camps.
275 Beasley Rd, Versailles, KY 40383, Phone: 859-873-0648
9.Pin Oak Stud, Versailles, Kentucky
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Pin Oak Stud is a family-owned and operated Thoroughbred farm that rears and sells Thoroughbred stakes horses. Purchased in 1949 by Josephine Abercrombie and her father, the 1,348-acre farm in Woodford County was once a working farm that raised Simmental cattle and grew crops such as asparagus and tobacco. Josephine transformed the farm into an award-winning stud and Thoroughbred breeding farm that bred and raised champion racing horses. Pin Oak Stud offers guided tours of the farm which showcase the stables and the beautiful horses that call the farm home.
830 Grassy Springs Rd, Versailles, KY 40383, Phone: 502-695-9090
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10.Blue Grass Railroad and Museum
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The Bluegrass Railroad and Museum is a traveling museum dedicated to the history of the Bluegrass Railroad and the rail transport industry in the region. Based in Woodford County Park, the mobile museum was founded in 1976 by members of the Bluegrass Railroad Club and offers visitors a unique experience that delves into the history of the railroad on an 11-mile round trip excursion. The train journey travels through the beautiful horse farms of Kentucky to Young's High Bridge in the town of Tyrone, where passengers can disembark and soak up spectacular views of the Kentucky River valley area.
175 Beasley Rd, Versailles, KY 40383, Phone: 859-873-2476
11.Stonewall Farm, Versailles, Kentucky
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Surrounded by breathtakingly beautiful farmlands in the heart of Bluegrass Country, Stonewall Farm is a spectacular 262-acre Kentucky bluegrass farm that features a state-of-the-art equine breeding and training facility. Established in 1852 and named for its famous stone wall that was built by Irishman John Kearney in 1863 during the Civil War, Stonewall Farm is a world-class facility with a magnificent stallion barn complex and vaulted breeding shed with a vaulted multitier roof system and an indoor showing area. Other features of the farm include a tranquil lake with jetted fountains, a beautifully landscaped crushed brick courtyard, and paved walkways.
3204 Midway Rd, Versailles, KY 40383, Phone: 866-433-9235
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12.Wallace Station Deli and Bakery, Versailles, Kentucky
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Located along Old Frankfort Pike in the heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass horse country, Wallace Station is a beautifully preserved example of a small railroad community. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a surviving example of a small railroad community. Wallace Station Deli and Bakery is a locally owned country store that serves delicious homemade food with locally sourced ingredients from the lush surrounding farmlands and wine country. The charming deli and café serve breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, in a relaxed, laid-back setting with an outdoor garden for alfresco-style dining.
3854 Old Frankfort Pike, Versailles, KY 40383, Phone: 859-846-5161
13.Woodford Reserve Distillery, Versailles, Kentucky
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Woodford Reserve Distillery is an award-winning distillery that produces a range of whiskeys, including limited-edition releases like the Kentucky-only Distillery Series. Established by Elijah Pepper in 1812, the distillery is one of the oldest distilleries in Kentucky and is listed as a National Historic Landmark and on the National Register of Historic Places. Formerly known as the Old Oscar Pepper Distillery, and later the Labrot & Graham Distillery, the distillery produces several whiskeys including Woodford Reserve Bourbon, Woodford Reserve Straight Rye Whiskey, Woodford Reserve Double Oaked, and Woodford Reserve Wheat Whiskey. Visitors can enjoy guided tours and tastings at the facility which is eight miles from Versailles.
7785 McCracken Pike, Versailles, KY 40383, Phone: 859-879-1812
14.The Kentucky Castle
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Situated in the “horse farm country” of Kentucky, The Kentucky Castle has become a famous landmark in Versailles and was originally built to be a private residence. Visitors can tour the grounds and the castle itself by making a reservation, which can also include either lunch or dinner during their visit. Special events, such as dinner theater experiences and Bourbon tastings, are held at The Kentucky Castle throughout the year. The Kentucky Castle also strives to produce as much food as possible that’s served at the Castle Farms restaurant and aims to create an authentic farm experience.
230 Pisgah Pike, Versailles, KY 40383, 859-256-0322
15.Nostalgia Station Toy Museum
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The Nostalgia Station Toy Museum is located inside a former Louisville and Nashville Railroad station that dates back to 1911. This former passenger station now houses a variety of museum exhibits featuring railroad memorabilia, antique toys, and antique model trains. The Nostalgia Station Toy Museum has been in operation since July of 1987 and has more than one hundred feet of lighted display cases consisting of vintage trains and toys dating from the 1890’s through the 1990’s. There are also two train layouts in operation, as well as a gift shop selling gauge trains and other items related to trains.
279 Depot St, Versailles, KY 40383, 859-873-2497
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14 Best Things to Do in Versailles, Kentucky
- Jack Jouett House Historic Site, Photo: Jack Jouett House Historic Site
- Sun Valley Farm, Versailles, Kentucky, Photo: Helga/stock.adobe.com
- WinStar Farm, Versailles, Kentucky, Photo: Gary/stock.adobe.com
- Eckert's Orchard, Versailles, KY, Photo: Eckert's Orchard
- Three Chimneys Farm, Versailles, Kentucky, Photo: csfotoimages/stock.adobe.com
- Wildside Winery, Versailles, Kentucky, Photo: Wildside Winery
- Irish Acres Gallery of Antiques, Photo: The Glitz Restaurant at Irish Acres Gallery
- Woodford Theatre, Versailles, Kentucky, Photo: Woodford Theatre
- Pin Oak Stud, Versailles, Kentucky, Photo: Pin Oak Stud
- Blue Grass Railroad and Museum, Photo: Blue Grass Railroad and Museum
- Stonewall Farm, Versailles, Kentucky, Photo: Stonewall Farm
- Wallace Station Deli and Bakery, Versailles, Kentucky, Photo: Wallace Station Deli and Bakery
- Woodford Reserve Distillery, Versailles, Kentucky, Photo: Woodford Reserve Distillery
- The Kentucky Castle, Photo: The Kentucky Castle
- Nostalgia Station Toy Museum, Photo: Nostalgia Station Toy Museum
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