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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Woodford County, Kentucky

Clickable Map of Woodford County, Kentucky and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Woodford County, KY (49) Anderson County, KY (8) Fayette County, KY (276) Franklin County, KY (170) Jessamine County, KY (32) Mercer County, KY (99) Scott County, KY (45)  WoodfordCounty(49) Woodford County (49)  AndersonCounty(8) Anderson County (8)  FayetteCounty(276) Fayette County (276)  FranklinCounty(170) Franklin County (170)  JessamineCounty(32) Jessamine County (32)  MercerCounty(99) Mercer County (99)  ScottCounty(45) Scott County (45)
Versailles is the county seat for Woodford County
Adjacent to Woodford County, Kentucky
      Anderson County (8)  
      Fayette County (276)  
      Franklin County (170)  
      Jessamine County (32)  
      Mercer County (99)  
      Scott County (45)  
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1 Kentucky, Woodford County, Frankfort — Millville Christian Church — (Disciples of Christ) — Established 1896 —
In this building the first service was held on August 23, 1896 by Rev. Aaron Darnell. Services have been continuously held since that time. The current exterior was added over the original wood frame structure when the educational building was . . . Map (db m202993) HM
2 Kentucky, Woodford County, Huntertown — 2629 — Huntertown
Huntertown was an African-American hamlet in Woodford County settled after the Civil War. On August 29, 1871, Jerry Gatewood, who was formerly enslaved and a veteran of the USCT, bought the first 5-acre tract from Isham Riley of the Hunter family to . . . Map (db m180298) HM
3 Kentucky, Woodford County, Midway — 537 — "Sue Mundy" Here
Jerome Clarke, called Sue Mundy, one of Morgan's Raiders, formed his own guerrilla band on Morgan's death Sept. 1864. Clarke and band raided here Nov. 1, 1864, killing Adam Harper. Four Confederate prisoners executed in reprisal by Union forces. . . . Map (db m83314) HM
4 Kentucky, Woodford County, Midway — 1708 — Caleb Wallace's Law Office
Woodford's first county court met here, May 16, 1789. Caleb Wallace (1742-1814), Presbyterian minister from Va., was in Kentucky by 1783. He served on Supreme Court of District of Ky. and on Ky. Court of Appeals for 30 years. A founder of several . . . Map (db m202958) HM
5 Kentucky, Woodford County, Midway — 2027 — Edward Dudley Brown / Noted Horseman — (1850-1906)
Side A Edward Dudley Brown This well known African American horse owner, trainer, developer, and jockey was born into slavery, 1850. Raised as a stable boy near Midway, he was nicknamed "Brown Dick" after the record-setting racehorse . . . Map (db m98034) HM
6 Kentucky, Woodford County, Midway — 2003 — Forks of Elkhorn Baptist Church
Constituted in June 1788, with William Hickman its founder and first pastor. Land obtained and frame meeting house built, 1795, near present brick church, constructed 1945. A Virginian, Hickman visited Kentucky, 1776, and began preaching; returned . . . Map (db m84242) HM
7 Kentucky, Woodford County, Midway — Korean War — Midway Veterans Memorial —
Charles W. Adams • Lonnie Adkins • Alfred Bernard Allison, Jr. • Garnett Atwood • Billy Howard Baker • James L. Baldwin • Bobby C. Biddle • Charles W. Blades • Don Bozarth • Harry Bradley • Herman C. Brandenburg • Alexander Brooks • James A. Brooks, . . . Map (db m202982) WM
8 Kentucky, Woodford County, Midway — Mexican War – Civil War – Spanish-American War — Midway Veterans Memorial —
N. Adams, POW • W.C. Arnett • Milton Barlow • John Bell • James Blackburn • Joseph C.S. Blackburn • Charles Boler • Abraham “Abe” Buford • John Buford • Andrew J. Cogar • N. Maffett Crutcher • James Davis • John C. Davis • John W. Davis • Lewis . . . Map (db m202984) WM
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9 Kentucky, Woodford County, Midway — 1580 — Midway
First Kentucky town established by a railroad. In 1831, Lexington and Ohio Railroad Co. began railroad between Lexington and Frankfort. First train reached midway point, 1833. L&O bought John Francisco farm in 1835. R. C. Hewitt, a civil engineer . . . Map (db m136912) HM
10 Kentucky, Woodford County, Midway — 2280 — Midway Christian Church
Early members of this church met on Main St. soon after the town was founded in 1833. Dr. L .L. Pinkerton dedicated first building on this site, Christmas Day, 1844. Pinkerton & members of the church founded the Kentucky Female Orphan School . . . Map (db m136915) HM
11 Kentucky, Woodford County, Midway — 2348 — Midway Colored School
Erected in 1872, this was the first church building for Pilgrim Baptist Church. In 1911, the Woodford Co. Bd. of Ed. purchased this property in “Haydensville” to be used as Midway Elem. School for African Americans. In 1936, sold to . . . Map (db m170032) HM
12 Kentucky, Woodford County, Midway — 2637 — Midway Freedman's School
The Freedmen's Bureau was created during Reconstruction to provide relief services for formerly enslaved Americans. The Midway Freedman's School opened in April 1867, inside the original Second Christian Church, on the grounds of the Ky Female . . . Map (db m206152) HM
13 Kentucky, Woodford County, Midway — 1087 — Midway Junior College — Pinkerton High School
Operated by Kentucky Female Orphan School since 1944. Orphan school was founded by James Parrish and Dr. Lewis L. Pinkerton. It was the first female orphan school in the United States. Chartered by 1846 Kentucky Legislature. Opened in 1849 with 14 . . . Map (db m205691) HM
14 Kentucky, Woodford County, Midway — Midway Martyrs Monument
. . . Map (db m202974) HM WM
15 Kentucky, Woodford County, Midway — 2486 — Midway Presbyterian Church
Harmony New School Church met near here in 1841 at the home of Bro. Thos. Martin. Rev. John Fee, founder of Berea College, and Edward Troye, noted equine artist, were associated with the early church. In 1846, a frame church was built on this lot, . . . Map (db m136905) HM
16 Kentucky, Woodford County, Midway — 516 — Morgan at Midway
Taking 300 abandoned USA horses and mules at Versailles, Morgan's Raiders came here July 15, 1862. Advised of troop train approach from Frankfort he had tracks torn up and howitzers set. Train warned and returned to Frankfort. Morgan took telegraph . . . Map (db m83316) HM
17 Kentucky, Woodford County, Midway — 1649 — Offutt-Cole Tavern
Site first owned by Hancock Taylor, early surveyor. Features of log section date it to 1780s-1790s. Major John Lee lived here, then leased to Horatio Offutt, who built brick section, 1802, for use as tavern. He rented building to John Kennedy and . . . Map (db m170030) HM
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18 Kentucky, Woodford County, Midway — 2239 — Pilgrim Baptist Church
This church was organized on the second Sunday in January 1872 by Reverend James Knox Polk and 16 charter members. Rev. Polk was pastor for 47 years until his death in 1918. First church located on Parrish St. (now Walnut St.) and converted to . . . Map (db m136906) HM
19 Kentucky, Woodford County, Midway — 2189 — Second Christian Church, Midway
Early African American Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) congregation established before the Civil War. While still a slave, Alexander Campbell served as first pastor. A log building on property of the Kentucky Female Orphan School was replaced . . . Map (db m136907) HM
20 Kentucky, Woodford County, Midway — 2411 — Sons & Daughters of Relief Cemetery
Land bought in 1876 by 8 members of “Midway Sons & Daughters of Relief,” community org. & lodge. Final resting place of veterans as well as former slaves who became great leaders in Midway’s African American community. Famous horseman, . . . Map (db m136901) HM
21 Kentucky, Woodford County, Midway — 2263 — St. Matthew A.M.E. Church
St. Matthew African Methodist Episcopal Church. Est. in 1860. Served as a recruitment office during Civil War. Lot was purchased May 9, 1854, for location of first church building. Rev. Moses Burks was 1st minister of the old frame church. In 1886, . . . Map (db m136917) HM
22 Kentucky, Woodford County, Midway — The John Graham House — c. 1850
has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior for its architectural significance.Map (db m202969) HM
23 Kentucky, Woodford County, Midway — Vietnam – Grenada – Persian Gulf / Persian Gulf – Iraq – Afghanistan — Midway Veterans Memorial —
Vietnam – Grenada – Persian Gulf Anthony Wayne Adkins • Henry M. Alexander • Charles H. Allen • Willena Sue Allen • Robert G. Allison • Obie Lee Barber, Jr. • David Cleveland Booth • Walter T. Bradley III • Leonard Vaughn Brandenberg • Albert . . . Map (db m202981) WM
24 Kentucky, Woodford County, Midway — World War I — Midway Veterans Memorial —
Arthur Allison • Jesse Anderson • S.J. Anderson • Robert “Bus” Barnes • Oma Braden • James R. Bradford • Alonso Rupert Breeden • Charles C. Bruce • Vertner H. Bruce • Charles E. Bruen • Scottie Bush, Sr. • George Carpenter • Lucian Childers • . . . Map (db m202983) WM
25 Kentucky, Woodford County, Midway — World War II — Midway Veterans Memorial —
Lloyd Abrams • Harris L. Anthony • James Anthony • Louis H. Arnold • Vernon T. Bach, Jr. • George R. Bailey • Everett S. Baker • James M. Baker, KIA • Raleigh Banks • Walter O. Barbour • Charles F. Barnes • Lynn C. Barrett • Allen F. Beasley • . . . Map (db m202985) WM
26 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 . . . Map (db m30839) HM
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27 Kentucky, Woodford County, Versailles — 1511 — Big Spring Church
Organized as Baptist congregation in 1813. Present building erected, 1819. Their first preacher, Jacob Creath, Sr., was called greatest orator in the West by Henry Clay. With his able guidance the church grew and prospered. Under . . . Map (db m170012) HM
28 Kentucky, Woodford County, Versailles — 114 — Buck Pond — 1Ό 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
29 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 . . . Map (db m31131) HM
30 Kentucky, Woodford County, Versailles — 1541 — Capt. John (Jack) Jouett House
Erected ca. 1797. Jack Jouett (1754-1822), hero of the Revolution. Famed for tortuous all-night ride to save. Va. legislators, including Gov. Thos. Jefferson, Patrick Henry and 3 signers of the Declaration from capture. Member of . . . Map (db m170004) HM
31 Kentucky, Woodford County, Versailles — 78 — Captain Jack Jouett Home
Here lived the Revolutionary War hero who made the historic ride from Cuckoo Tavern to Charlottesville in 1781 to warn Jefferson of the approach of the British. Father of famous artist Matthew Harris Jouett.Map (db m170009) HM
32 Kentucky, Woodford County, Versailles — 2523 — Freemasonry in Versailles
Landmark Masonic Lodge No. 41 was chartered by the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, Free & Accepted Masons on August 27, 1817. In the first 200 years after Landmark Lodge was chartered, three of its members — John McKinney, Jr., William Brown, . . . Map (db m170019) HM
33 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 . . . Map (db m31133) HM
34 Kentucky, Woodford County, Versailles — John (Jack) Jouett, Jr. — Kentucky Pioneer
• Born 1754 Albemarle Co.,. VA. • Rode 40 miles June 3-4, 1781 to warn Jefferson and other VA leaders about British raid. • Migrated to KY 1782. Settled in Lincoln (later Mercer) Co. • Married Sally Robards 1784. Father of 12 children, . . . Map (db m170005) HM
35 Kentucky, Woodford County, Versailles — 2 — Josephine Henry — 1843-1928 — Road to the 19th Amendment, National Votes for Women Trail —
Home of suffragist, author, orator and teacher who lobbied for equal rights for all women.Map (db m221968) HM
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36 Kentucky, Woodford County, Versailles — Labrot & Graham Distillery
Labrot & Graham Distillery has been designated a National Historic Landmark This site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America 2000 National Park Service United . . . Map (db m83633) HM
37 Kentucky, Woodford County, Versailles — 1986 — Labrot & Graham Distillery
One of Kentucky's oldest working distilleries was built on Grassy Springs Branch of Glenn's Creek by Elijah Pepper about 1812. His son, Oscar Pepper, later hired Dr. James Crow as master distiller. Crow perfected the art of bourbon making by . . . Map (db m202991) HM
38 Kentucky, Woodford County, Versailles — 1987 — Labrot & Graham Distillery
One of Kentucky's oldest working distilleries was built on Grassy Springs Branch of Glenn's Creek by Elijah Pepper about 1812. His son, Oscar Pepper, later hired Dr. James Crow as master distiller. Crow perfected the art of bourbon making by . . . Map (db m202992) HM
39 Kentucky, Woodford County, Versailles — 1322 — Lt. Gen. Field Harris, USMC — 1895-1967
(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, . . . Map (db m30842) HM
40 Kentucky, Woodford County, Versailles — 733 — Morgan's First Raid
On first Kentucky raid CSA Gen. John H. Morgan with 900 cavalry in Lawrenceburg July 14, 1862, came here that night. Sent out scouts in all directions and took 300 USA horses and mules. Next day moved to Georgetown, then to Cynthiana after which . . . Map (db m198417) HM
41 Kentucky, Woodford County, Versailles — 2303 — Mt. Vernon Baptist Church
On June 6, 1822 a small band of Baptists formed a covenant to organize the church. The group built a meeting house that was used until 1903. The building was razed & a new sanctuary dedicated in 1905; it is still in use today. James Fishback was . . . Map (db m170028) HM
42 Kentucky, Woodford County, Versailles — 86 — Pisgah Church — 3/4 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
43 Kentucky, Woodford County, Versailles — 659 — Randall Lee Gibson / Jerome Bonaparte Robertson — 1832-1892 / 1815-1890
Randall Lee Gibson Confederate brig. gen. Born in Woodford home of his grandfather. Parents lived Louisiana. Graduate Yale Univ., 1853. Distinguished for leadership at Shiloh, in 1862 Kentucky campaign, Chickamauga, Atlanta and Hood's . . . Map (db m170008) HM
44 Kentucky, Woodford County, Versailles — 2465 — Sen. Joseph C. S. Blackburn
Born in Woodford Co., Oct. 1, 1838, he graduated from Centre College & studied law in Lex.; admitted to the bar in 1858. He served as a lt. col. in the Confederate Army & settled in Arkansas in 1865, where he was a lawyer and planter. . . . Map (db m170013) HM
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45 Kentucky, Woodford County, Versailles — 1005 — Site of Rose Hill Academy — 1901-1918
Whose headmaster was Professor Matt Gay Jesse, a superb educator and builder of character of his students. Presented by his grateful alumni — 1967.Map (db m170014) HM
46 Kentucky, Woodford County, Versailles — 1798 — Watkins Tavern
Site of stone tavern/inn built by stonemason Thomas Metcalfe, later governor of Ky. Owned by Henry Watkins and wife Elizabeth, widow of Rev. John Clay and mother of Henry Clay. Lafayette, traveling from Frankfort to Lexington, was entertained . . . Map (db m170017) HM
47 Kentucky, Woodford County, Versailles — 1847 — Woodford County Courthouses
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 . . . Map (db m9727) HM
48 Kentucky, Woodford County, Versailles — 1221 — Woodford County, 1789 / County Named
Woodford County, 1789 Last of nine formed by Virginia before Kentucky became a state in 1792. Original county taken from Fayette and extended as far north as the Ohio River; included the area of 7 present counties and parts of 4 . . . Map (db m170007) HM
49 Kentucky, Woodford County, Versailles — 649 — Woodford County's Civil War Generals
Brig. Gen. Abraham Buford 1820-1874 Confederate cavalryman; cousin of John and N. B. Buford. Graduate West Point, 1841; frontier service Kan. and Ind. Terr., 1842-46; brev. capt. Mexican War; raised, equipped a Ky. Brig. for CSA, commissioned . . . Map (db m170011) HM
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Mar. 3, 2024