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Woodford County Markers
Kentucky (Woodford County), Versailles — 1900 — Albert Benjamin Chandler / Gov. Albert B. Chandler(1898 - 1991)
[ Front: ] Albert Benjamin Chandler This colorful orator and two-term governor began his law practice in Versailles. As governor, he was driving force behind establishment of the University of Kentucky Medical Center, later named in his honor. "Happy" Chandler lived in Versailles and is buried at the Pisgah Presbyterian Church Cemetery in this county. Over. [ Reverse: ] Gov. Albert B. Chandler Known as "Happy," this Henderson Co. native was state senator and lt. . . . — Map (db m30839) HM
Kentucky (Woodford County), Versailles — 114 — Buck Pond1¼ Miles →
Built about 1783 by Col. Thomas Marshall 1730-1802, staff officer under Washington, surveyor general of bounty lands for revolutionary soldiers. Father of John Marshall, Chief Justice of the United States. — Map (db m31132) HM
Kentucky (Woodford County), Versailles — 1921 — Calmes Tomb
This stone mausoleum was built in family cemetery of “Caneland” plantation by Gen. Marquis Calmes, a friend of Lafayette during Amer. Revolution. Calmes (1755 – 1834), born in Va. of Huguenot ancestry, assisted in laying out Versailles and named it after French city. He and wife Priscilla Heale buried here. Tomb restored in July 1990. Presented by Genealogical Society of Versailles Map (db m31131) HM
Kentucky (Woodford County), Versailles — 1167 — Hemp in Kentucky / Woodford County Hemp
Side One Hemp in Kentucky: First crop grown 1775. From 1840 to 1860, Ky. Production largest in U.S. Peak in 1850 was 40,000 tons, value of $5,000,000. Scores of factories made twine, rope, gunny sacks, bags for cotton picking and marketing. State’s largest cash crop until 1915. Market lost to imported jute, freed of tariff. As war measure, hemp grown again during World War II. See over. Side TwoWoodford County Hemp: One of chief producing counties, crop income . . . — Map (db m31133) HM
Kentucky (Woodford County), Versailles — 1322 — Lt. Gen. Field Harris, USMC1895-1967
(front) Commanding general of US Marine Air Wing at invasion of Guadalcanal, 1942, WW II; and Korea, 1950. US Naval Academy, 1917. WW I. courageous and inspiring leader. His 21 combat decorations included army and navy Distinguished Service Medals, Legion of Merit wit 3 Gold Stars, Order of British Empire. Buried in Pisgah Cemetery. (reverse) Military Forebears Lt. Gen. Field Harris, USMC, ancestors included: William Field, came to Ky. with Harrod, then fought in Dunmore's War, 1774. . . . — Map (db m30842) HM
Kentucky (Woodford County), Versailles — 86 — Pisgah Church3/4 mile →
Pioneer Presbyterian Church, organized in 1784. Here Kentucky Academy opened in 1797. The school united with Transylvania University in 1798. — Map (db m57504) HM
Kentucky (Woodford County), Vesailles — 1847 — Woodford County Courthouse
On this courthouse square in 1790 Jesse Graddy built, of logs, first of county's four courthouses. Total cost was $22.50. James and Henry Thompkins completed second one, of stone, 1794. Third hall of justice, built of brick in 1812-13, cupola with clock added by 1846; other additions later. Structure burned 1965. Present courthouse completed 1970 by Gault Bros. of Lexington. — Map (db m9727) HM
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