The Honorable Terry L. Silvey can be reached at 573-539-2589.

Small Town Values Define Versailles

by Mayor Terry Silvey

Let me as Mayor, along with my city council and all our local residents, welcome you to our delightful city. It gives me great pride to share with you a little about our city -- past, present and future! 

Our city was established in May 1835. We have been growing and expanding for 183 years. We are located in Morgan County, MO, and not only are we the largest city in the county but also its county seat. Our population has hovered around 2,400 but our community reaches out farther than our city boundaries, with approximately 8,000 in population within a few miles. We are located on the northwestern corner of the beautiful Lake of the Ozarks, a mere eight miles south of us. It is a huge recreation lake noted for its fishing, boating and water sports.

We are home to the largest employer in the three county lake area, the Gates Corporation, with more than 500 employees. We have a terrific school district and campus here with great staff and school board leadership.

Our Chamber of Commerce actively promotes local businesses and growth and every first Saturday in October offers the best small-town festival in Missouri, our own "Old Tyme Apple Festival."

There are many restaurants, shops, a tearoom and bed and breakfast businesses that have been in the same family for many years, too many to mention.

You don't want to miss checking out the Morgan County Historical Society Museum. It is a former 1800s hotel that had many famous -- well known guests, from Harry and Bess Truman to P.T. Barnum to Frank and Jessie James. It provides an awesome look back in time and is well worth touring.

We can't leave out our local Royal Theatre that provides entertainment from plays to musicals and special events in a refurbished former movie house. What an addition to our city!

Though small in size, we are a great day trip from surrounding areas or when you are visiting the lake. We are a great place to relocate your business and work force and for raising a family.

As mayor, I am proud of what our city offers, from a professional police force and a well-trained volunteer city fire department to an excellent park system and street crew to maintain our city. We take pride in our friendly hometown approach and welcome everyone.

We offer high-speed internet which allows working your profession from our city. Plus, we are located just eight miles from beautiful Lake of the Ozarks.

Versailles recently upgraded extensively our water and sewer services and plant and we take pride in our infrastructure. 

Most of all, it is our citizens who make our town friendly, clean and quaint. We are a town proud of its heritage and past, its current success, and are always looking to improve for the future. Come and see us. Spend some time with us. You will be impressed, just as we are.

Versailles is a city built on small town values.