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The Versailles castle under construction, 1972

Posted on May 8, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by

The castle in Woodford County, under construction in 1972. Sitting on 50 acres on U.S. 60 east of Versailles near the Fayette County line, it has been a Central Kentucky curiosity for more than 45 years. Lexington contractor Rex Martin Sr. started building the castle in 1969, but it sat unfinished and empty for decades. At the time of this picture, the inner building was under construction, the foundation for the pool had been poured, and the four turrets had yet to be roofed. Tom Post, a graduate of Lexington’s Lafayette High School and the University of Kentucky, bought it for $1.8 million in 2003. While it was being restored, a fire in May 2004 burned the house. Post rebuilt it, and in 2008, he opened it as CastlePost, a tourist inn and luxury bed-and-breakfast in the heart of Bluegrass horse country. In 2010, it was put on the market with an asking price of $30 million. It was revealed this past week that a potential buyer has come forward. The Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors website indicates a “sale pending” for the $15 million listing. Click on the image for a closer look. Herald-Leader File Photo

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