Lexington may be the undisputed king when it comes to Kentucky horse farms, after all its reputation as “horse capital of the world” is far-reaching, but it’s not the only Bluegrass community out there with incredible farms.
The wide-open and gently rolling landscape of green that surrounds the city of Lexington is dotted with a number of small communities that you may not have considered.
Here are 4 fantastic Kentucky farm communities found just outside Lexington.
Versailles is known for its diverse landscape - wooded areas contrasting with the secluded and hilly regions found closer to the Kentucky River. As the seat of Woodford County, the community is really at the center of it all - be it bourbon distilleries or some of the bluegrass’ top horse farms.
The small town of Versailles holds the distinction of being home to numerous top horse farms including Ashford, Lane’s End, Margaux and WinStar - well-known for producing champion thoroughbreds. Like much of the land in this part of Kentucky, the soil and topography is especially great for raising horses and other livestock.
Sharing its name with the French palace (albeit with a different pronunciation), Versailles has a strong community spirit, plus a lower cost of living compared to several parts of the country has made it an especially popular choice for those looking to purchase land.
Like many landmarks and communities throughout Central Kentucky, Paris is named in honor of the French, for their invaluable assistance during the revolutionary war. The county seat of Bourbon County, the small community is best known for bourbon whiskey and producing some of the finest racing horses.
Several Kentucky Derby winners came from the area’s horse farms, most notably the infamous Secretariat, who was actually buried here. Interested farm buyers will find numerous properties available, from wholly undeveloped lands to more established farms with full facilities and beautiful farmhouses.
The quaint small-town of Paris itself is incredibly charming. Boasting numerous examples of classic colonial architecture, the downtown core is quite compact and highly walk-able.
Georgetown is the county seat of Scott County and enjoys prime position in Central Kentucky’s bluegrass region, with the meandering North Elkhorn Creek winding its way through the community. The creek is actually well known as a hot spot for small mouth bass fishing.
Originally known as Lebanon, the small community changed its name in honor of America’s first president in 1790. While proud of its colonial heritage, Georgetown is also making strides forward as a fast-developing area. In addition to its prime farmland ripe for development, Georgetown is also home to the Toyota Manufacturing North America - the company’s first US assembly plant.
Of course, Georgetown’s biggest claim to fame is its prime horse land - much like other areas in Central Kentucky, the soil and make up of the land make it especially fertile. The small town’s lower property taxes and close proximity to Lexington (just 10 miles north) make it an especially, and increasingly, popular choice.
Midway land is exclusive and always in hot demand. The small size of the community means that the available land is comparatively limited. The land itself is naturally incredible as well. Like much of the bluegrass region of Central Kentucky, the land here is primed for raising livestock as well as a number of crops.
The community’s name came from its history as Kentucky’s very first railroad town, so named as it is at a midpoint between the larger communities of Lexington and Frankfort.
This central position has made Midway an especially popular choice as a sleeper community to the larger centers of Lexington and Frankfort. Also, property taxes tend to be lower, which is of course appealing to home buyers in addition to the area’s welcoming small-town vibe.
Are you interested in making a land or farm purchase in the Lexington, KY area? Please get in touch with Hill or Regan Parker online or call 859-608-8039 today!