WKYT Exclusive: Behind The Scenes Of The Castle

For decades the castle on Versailles Road near Keeneland sat empty and unused, sparking endless questions about how it got there in the first place.

A fire that destroyed much of the enormous structure in 2004 only focuses more attention on the castle and more questions. Would UK graduate and Miami attorney Thomas Post, who purchased the castle in 2003 ever rebuild it?

The answer is yes, and as new walls and framing go up inside, visitors can begin to imagine massive chandeliers, 30 foot ceilings, an elegant dining room, 16 unique guest suites and a ball room with a gigantic wood burning fireplace.

WKYT's exclusive look at the castle also reveals a rooftop recreation deck that eventually will include a bowling alley, a putting green, a jacuzzi, and spectacular views of the surrounding countryside.


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  • by Cornetta Location: Lexington, KY on May 9, 2007 at 11:02 AM
    Is the castle eventually going to be a tourist site? I think this be a terrific idea, for people who are visiting Kentucky, as well, as the people who reside here. I have always wanted to tour this magnificant castle!!
  • by FRED Location: LEXINGTON on May 9, 2007 at 10:47 AM
    I WORK ALL OVER THE STATE AND AM AMAZED HOW OFTEN OTHERS ASK ME ABOUT THE "FAMOUS" CASTLE IN LEXINGTON. I THINK IT WILL MAKE A GOOD TOURIST ATTRACTION.
  • by KATIE Location: LEXINGTON on May 9, 2007 at 08:20 AM
    How can I can info on having a wedding at the castle,which is my daughter's dream.
  • by Linda Mink Location: Powell County on May 9, 2007 at 08:01 AM
    Is there a book on this castle? I would love to see photos of the original building. As a child I loves the fairy tale story of Mr. Martin and his wife.
  • by Nancy Location: Frankfort on May 9, 2007 at 02:56 AM
    Just hope that this long awaited site will be afforadable to us commonfolk of KY So many things are out of reach (monetarily)for famalies in KY.
  • by LAURA Location: NEWBERRY, FLA on May 8, 2007 at 06:44 PM
    HX OF THE CASTLE.... REX MARTIN...BUILDER PROMISED HIS WIFE IF HAD CHILDREN HE WOULD BUILD HER A CASTLE...GIVE HER GREAT GIFTS WHAT EVERY SHE WISHED..THEY HAD A CHILD HE STARTED BUILDING ...BUT NEVER FINISHED IT... WE MOVED AWAY IN 1976..AND NOW IT LOOKS LIKE IT'S GOING TO BE FINISHED. MY MOTHER TOLD ME THIS STORY NOW ...SHE'S IN HOSPICE NOW WHERE TALKING ABOUT OUR ROOTS GROWING UP IN LEXINGTON. MR MARTIN WANTED CHILDREN SO MUCH AND LOVED HIS WIFE. WHEN THE BABY CAME HE BROUGHT TO THE HOSPITAL SKY BLUE THUNDERBIRD CAR AND WHEN HE CAME INTO THE ROOM TO SEE HIS WIFE HE PLACED A FUR STOLE OVER HER SHOULDERS AND KISSED HER...THE HOSP. STAFF TALKED FOR DAYS ABOUT THE GIFTS HE BROUGHT TO HER WHEN SHE HAD THE BABY.. MOM'S NOT SURE... BUT THINKS THE BABY WAS A BOY ... THE YEAR 1957? THOUGHT YOU ALL MIGHT LIKE THE TIDBIT OF HISTORY
  • by John Location: Dry Ridge Rd., Versailles on May 8, 2007 at 06:41 PM
    Will there be an open house when the castle is finished? I have always been facinated with it when we would drive by. I would love to see the finished castle.
  • by Donna Location: Lexington on May 8, 2007 at 11:38 AM
    I would love to find out who I could speak with to find out how to spend the night when the castle is finished. My grandfather did the sheet metal work on the original castle for his friend Mr Rex Martin. All that is left of his work is the roof on the corner towers. Mr Martin had told me many times when I was there with my grandfather that when it was finished, I could come spend the night in his fairy tale castle. Of course it was never finished. That would be great to be able to finally stay a night there, maybe with my grandaughter. She loves snow white and fairy tale castles.
  • by Anonymous Location: Frankfort on May 8, 2007 at 11:17 AM
    I have always thought the castle would make a wonderful theme restaurant/Bed
  • by Curtis Shepherd Location: Bledsoe on May 8, 2007 at 10:35 AM
    I would hate to have to pay his Heating
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