Colonel William Oldham Statue

Oldham was the 74th county created by the Kentucky Legislature.  Our birthday is February 1, 1824.  Oldham County was formed from portions of Jefferson, Shelby, and Henry Counties.

The county is named for Colonel William Oldham, a Revolutionary War patriot and early pioneer.  Although Colonel Oldham had been deceased for more than 30 years when the county was formed, he was still well-remembered and was given a final honor by having a county named in his honor.

As the 200th anniversary of our county draws near in 2024, it is appropriate to bring Colonel Oldham’s valor and bravery back to the attention of our community by placing a memorial statue of Colonel Oldham on the courthouse square.  It will be the first piece of public art in Oldham County. The statue will be made of bronze and stand approximately 7’ tall. It will stand on a partially completed Doric column of white Indiana limestone – partial completion representing the life of a public-spirited individual not lived to full completion.

The sculptor of this statue will be Matt Weir, a rising young Louisville artist with many significant credits.  The anticipated cost of this project is $135,000. Thus far, donations of $102,000 have been received or pledged.  Additional donations are being sought and all members of the community are welcome to participate.

If you’d like to make a tax deductible donation, please make donations payable to Oldham County Fiscal Court and mail to 100 W. Jefferson Street, Ste. 4, LaGrange, KY 40031. Or, enter an amount in the box below and click the "donate" button to pay with a credit card.