• Versailles was founded on June 23, 1792, on land of eighty acres owned by Hezekiah Briscoe, at the time only a child. His guardian Marquis Calmes named the town after Versailles, France, in honor of General Lafayette. The city was officially incorporated on February 13, 1837. It was briefly occupied during the American Civil WarCivil War by Confederate States of AmericaConfederate and Union (American Civil War)Union forces. The area is home to Ashford Stud, an important part of the Coolmore Stud international Thoroughbred horse breeding operation. Source:

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