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Preserve America is a national initiative in cooperation with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation; the U.S. Departments of Defense, Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, and Education; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities; and the President's Council on Environmental Quality.

Preserve America Community:
Midway, Kentucky

Midway (population 1,620) is located in Woodford County in Kentucky's Bluegrass Region. The community is the oldest railroad town in the State, with the first lots laid out by the Lexington and Ohio Railroad in 1835. The community's name reflects its geographic position directly between Lexington and Frankfort, and between Versailles and Georgetown.

In 1978, 70 percent of Midway was listed in the National Register of Historic Places as the Midway Historic District. The district includes a well-preserved mixture of 19th- and early 20th-century buildings, including businesses, residences, and several notable religious and educational institutions such as Midway College (founded 1849).

With support from Renaissance Kentucky, Midway has worked to buy and renovate the historic Rau Building of the late-1870s. The building has served as a bakery, hotel, grocery store, antique store, and telephone exchange. When renovations are complete, it will house the Midway Museum and a town visitor center.

For more information

City of Midway: www.midwayky.net

Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Planning Commission:

Updated April 22, 2009

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