Engraved Brick Program
The Woodford County Historical Society now offers a service which will allow you to leave a permanent mark on Woodford County and support our Mission:
"Preserving the Past
for Future generations".
Your thoughtful donation will leave a lasting physical memorial for yourself or someone you wish to honor.
The first 384 engraved bricks will be placed at the base of the flagpole located at the southeast corner of our property at 121 Rose Hill in Versailles. Additional engraved bricks will pave the walkways to the three public entrances of the building.
An engraved brick may be the perfect way to "leave your mark" on Woodford County and make a thoughtful gift. A Certificate of Ownership for each brick will be mailed to you or to the person you designate.
The minimum donation for each engraved brick is $150.
Each brick measures 4" X 8" X 2½" and is an attractive antique red color which closely matches our brick building.
The Woodford County Historical Society has extended hours to better serve our community.
OPEN 10 am - 4 pm ( Tues - Sat )*
*Please note that during this winter season the Society may close due to inclement weather. Please call 859-873-6786 to verify our status on those days wherein weather appears hazardous.
Note: The first floor of our building is handicapped accessible; however, the second floor and the restroom are not handicapped accessible.
The Woodford County Historical Society is pleased to announce the upcoming publication of a book of historic photographs of Woodford County. The book features pre-1950 photographs of Woodford County and its people which came primarily from the Society’s collections. Written by members of the Society, the book is being published by Arcadia Publishing Company as part of the Images of America series. The release date for the book has been set for January 20, 2020, and will be available for purchase at the Historical Society, 121 Rose Hill Ave., Versailles, Kentucky and at select local stores. Please contact the Society to reserve a copy of the book prior to its release date. The preferred method for reserving a copy is by sending an email to ; however, those without email access may phone the Society at 859-873-6786. The cost of the book is $23.95, plus $3.00 shipping to most locales.
February 27, 2020
Woodford County native Larry Blackford, Sr. will be the guest speaker of the Woodford County Historical Society's meeting on Thursday, February 27, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Historical Society at 121 Rose Hill Avenue in Versailles, Kentucky. The topic will be "A Slice of African-Americans and Their History in Woodford County".
Blackford graduated from Woodford County High School in 1973 and attended Eastern Kentucky University one year before transferring to Transylvania University. He graduated in 1977, as an All American athlete, with a major in Physical Education. He then completed a master's degree in Special Education. He has been an educator for 32 years of various schools, and a coach at all grade levels including post-secondary education.
He was the long time minister at First Corinthian Church in Winchester and served as pastor at other area churches. As well as being a jail chaplain, he has served in various other organizations in numerous capacities.
Recently, he was involved in the Historic Huntertown Project. In November 2019 he was elected as a magistrate in Woodford County; the first African American in that position. In celebration of Black History Month, please join us and welcome Mr. Blackford.
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Become A Member
Founded in 1966 by individuals interested in preserving the rich history of Woodford County and its people. Our mission is "to engage all people in the discovery, interpretation, and excitement of Woodford County's past."
Annual Memberships provide the support, not only to keep the lights on for future Woodford Countians but make our growing library of 3,000 publications, nearly 400 reels of microfilm and hundreds of maps and photographs available to our Community and beyond.
Membership Perks include a Quarterly Newsletter, advance notice of Monthly Events, and reduced research and copy fees.
We rely on volunteers donating their precious time to fill many needs of the Historical Society. Do you have a particular talent you would be willing to share? From landscaping to bookkeeping, no position is too small to be greatly appreciated.
Please call the Historical Society, or email, to learn more. Thank you for your interest!
We strive to maintain a physical record of our Community. Are you a member of a Community Organization in need of "Service Hours"? We would Love to hear from you!
There are no age limits on learning or discovery. We strive to engage passionate community members of all ages.