|Angela and Tim
Versailles is a historic town just west of Lexington, Kentucky, in the heart of Bluegrass country. This morning, Tim and I explored two-lane scenic byways lined with incredibly beautiful thoroughbred horse farms. There is no place like this anywhere, and I think it’s one of the most beautiful regions in the country. The horse farms are lined with picturesque, dry stone walls and mile after mile of black wooden fences. Huge barns set in manicured fields are visible in the distance.
|Expansive Horse Farms
|Barns to House the Thoroughbreds
|Scenic Byways Lined With Stone Walls and Fences
|Beautiful Stone Walls
|Miles and Miles of Fences
I could have wandered around Lexington all day, but we had things to do, namely, search for some of Tim’s ancestors. Thomas Hill was one of Tim’s ancestors on his mother’s side. Hill settled in central Kentucky in the eighteenth century, and he and many of his descendants are buried near Springfield. We couldn’t start our search on an empty stomach, so we had a great lunch in Springfield. The chicken and dumplings and the pie were simply divine!
|Chicken and Dumplings, Stewed Tomatoes and Green Beans
|Coal Miner's Pie
We visited St. Rose Catholic Church hoping to find family headstones in the church cemetery. Unfortunately, St. Rose never kept records of where individuals were buried, nor did the church ever map the graves. So, we just started wandering through the cemetery in search of the name “Hill.” We did find several members of the Hill family, although not necessarily the earlier generations. The older headstones throughout the cemetery were beautiful, but it was sad to see the condition of many of them. Too many are broken, and the names on others are illegible.
|St. Rose Catholic Church
|Three Hill Family Headstones
We then went in search of the house built by Thomas Hill’s youngest son. Although Tim had a good description and what seemed to be good directions, we were unsuccessful in our search. A search for another cemetery at St. Ann’s Church was also a bust. It was pretty discouraging to come up short. Maybe we’ll have better luck tomorrow.