This past weekend Uncle Vic and I were invited to give a talk in Murray about the natural arches of Kentucky. We decided to make a trip of it. Dudeboy and Dr. J joined us as we scampered around much of the Jackson Purchase area. Our first stop was the Wooldridge Monuments ("The Strange Procession Which Never Moves") in Mayfield, Ky.
The monuments had been severely damaged back in 2009 during an ice storm when a large 300 year old oak tree fell and toppled most of the monuments. Fortunately, the good people of Mayfield saw fit to have them restored . . . at a cost of about $80,000. Apparently FEMA shouldered about 75% of the costs.
Located in Maplewood Cemetery in Mayfield, Kentucky, the monuments were the brainchild of Colonel Henry G. Wooldridge. The monuments represent those who were important to Wooldridge . . . be it family or animal (his two favorite hunting dogs . . . Toe-head and Bob, along with his horse and a deer and a fox. The Colonel is the only one actually buried at the site.
There are 18 monuments with two them representing the Colonel . . . one of which is a marble statue that was made in Italy, and the other depicting him atop his horse Fop.
"The Strange Procession Which Never Moves"