Palace of versailles

PARIS TN: Model of the Palace of Versailles presented | Local News

For years, Paris had its own model of the Eiffel Tower, now thanks to a man from Pennsylvania, the city also has a model of the Palace of Versailles.

The model was presented Wednesday to Paris Mayor Sam Tharpe and Henry County Mayor Brent Greer at the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce.

The model was made by 20-year-old Alex McKinstry of Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

McKinstry was diagnosed with autism when she was 3 years old.

McKinstry, along with his parents Jon and Betty McKinstry, planned a trip to Paris expressly to allow their son to present the model.

“It was something he was interested in,” Betty McKinstry said of the palace.

Because he was so interested, she asked the school he attends to allow her to make a model of the famous structure as a class project.

After the main palace building was completed, she said Alex McKinstry began collecting birdhouses to paint and use as village houses.

The family also worked together to include gardens and a fountain in the model.

When her parents offered to donate the model, Alex McKinstry initially wanted to take the model to France, her mother said.

“I knew there was a Paris in Tennessee, so I suggested we take her there,” Betty McKinstry said.

She contacted the municipal authorities to organize the presentation.

She added that once they started planning the trip, Alex McKinstry was excited about the experience, counting down the days until the visit.

For the presentation, McKinstry dressed as a Renaissance musketeer with the Cavalier hat and plume and gauntlets.

For his gift to the region, Alex McKinstry was named a loyal patriot by Greer and awarded the certificate of the Marquis of Paris by Tharpe.

He also received a replica of the Eiffel Tower.

After the presentation ceremony, city leaders took Alex McKinstry and his family to visit the replica Eiffel Tower.

The Chateau de Verailles is located in Versailles, France, just southwest of Paris.

The model is kept at the town hall of Paris until a permanent residence can be decided.