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Versailles castle destroyed by fire, 2004

Posted on July 10, 2014 | in Uncategorized | by
The landmark castle on Versailles Rd. in Woodford County on fire May 10, 2004. Deceased Lexington contractor Rex Martin Sr. started building the castle in 1969. But it was never finished and sat empty for more than 30 years. Tom Post spent millions of dollars and several years rebuilding the landmark into a luxury inn. Improvements started by Post were nearly complete when the fire destroyed the building. The state fire marshal's office concluded there was "a high probability" that an arsonist set the fire, but nobody was ever charged. Now the castle is called CastlePost and features 10 luxury rooms and suites and is a popular for wedding receptions and charitable events. Photo by David Perry, Herald-Leader staff

The landmark castle on Versailles Road in Woodford County was destroyed by fire May 10, 2004. Deceased Lexington contractor Rex Martin Sr. started building the castle in 1969. But it was never finished and sat empty for more than 30 years. Martin died in August 2003, and Tom Post bought it the following November. After the fire, Post spent millions of dollars and several years rebuilding the landmark into a luxury inn. That project was nearly complete when the fire destroyed the building. The state fire marshal’s office concluded that there was “a high probability” that an arsonist set the fire, but nobody was ever charged. Now the castle is called CastlePost and features 10 luxury rooms and suites and is popular for wedding receptions and charitable events. Photo by David Perry | Herald-Leader staff

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