Champions of History

Oldham County History Center
to honor developer Bob Jones

He will receive the award July 20
at the annual History Center Gala

LA GRANGE, Ky. (July 2021) – Real estate developer Bob Jones has had a long history of developing properties in Oldham County, Ky. His work over the years has left quite a mark on the county. In recent years, he formed a partnership with his two sons, Clay and Gant, called the Jones Group. It includes various aspects of building and land development.
Their newest project, Clore Station, is a 500-acre development between the Crestwood Bypass and I-71, part of which is located on the Clore Farm, which has been in the family since 1808. Plans include a mixed-use development with lots of green space and trails. This project is expected to dramatically change the landscape of the Crestwood area by providing upscale housing and retail opportunities in the area. The project also has attracted the attention of the Board of Directors of the Oldham County History Center, which last year announced Jones as the 2020 recipient of the J.C. Barnett Champion of Oldham County History. Jones had been scheduled to be honored at the History Center’s Annual Gala last year, but COVID-19 put a stop to that. So Jones will now be honored at the 2021 Gala, scheduled for July 20 at Ashbourne Farms’ event center in La Grange. A reception and silent auction begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and a live auction. This year’s theme is James Bond. Tickets are $150 and includes open bar with dinner by the chefs at Ashbourne Farm.

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Real estate developer Bob Jones is currently working on Clore Station, a large project in Crestwood, Ky.

The beautifully restored Ashbourne Farms event center used to be the site of the largest shorthorn cattle auction. It is now a multi-million-dollar event center that overlooks several thousand acres of conservation easement that been preserved for wildlife and agricultural practices.
Born in Grand Rapids, Mich., Jones’ family moved back to their Kentucky roots in 1953. Jones attended eighth grade at Crestwood and then graduated from Oldham County High School in 1958. A business graduate from the University of Kentucky, he began developing real estate in Louisville and formed a partnership with Harvey Child called Kelly Homes.
In 1975 Jones married Carla Jane Clore and began real estate developments in Oldham County, with his first successful development being the Briar Hill Subdivision that quickly expanded into more acreage such as Briar Hill Estates. Jones often partnered with his father-in-law, June Clore, until Clore’s death in 1975.
In that same year, Jones ran for the House of Representatives in the Kentucky Legislature and served six terms over 13 years. In those years his district included Oldham, Trimble, Gallatin and Carroll counties. He served on the Appropriations Revenue Committee and chaired the Committee for Transportation. One of his successes was his work on the prevailing wage laws where he fought for taking the bid process out of institutions of learning such as schools, universities and libraries that saved thousands of dollars for construction on these public institutions. Gov. Julian Carroll credited Jones for saving the state $20 million on personal service contracts.
The Joneses had three children, Ann, Clay and Gant, and seven grandchildren. They bought a 50-acre farm outside of Brownsboro, where they have lived since 1976. Their three children all went to Oldham County schools, and now several of their grandchildren are graduates as well from Oldham County.
The couple are avid gardeners and have enjoyed their farm, raising cattle, horses and English pointers. Bob has been a bird dog hunter since he was 12 when he began hunting pheasant with his dad. Today, he has hunted quail in most of the western United States.
Besides being a longtime supporter of the Oldham County History Center, Jones has participated in many civic projects for Oldham County. He served as president of the Chamber of Commerce in the early years where they developed the first county map.
He has been a staunch supporter for Oldham County Schools and donated land for many projects such as obtaining state funding for the first Vocational School in Oldham County; parceled donated land (including family property) for the Crestwood bypass that helped create the South Oldham School campus; help provide temporary funding for a school building; donated 50 acres to the Oldham County schools; negotiated various parcels for future school lands; and served on the board for the Oldham County Education Foundation. He also donated land for the Crestwood Library and with other partners, the La Grange Library.
Jones served as the first chairman of the county’s Boy Scout fundraising dinners and chaired the Sporting Clay’s fundraiser that contributed $200,000 for the local Lincoln Heritage Council. As a long time, member of the Crestwood Christian Church, Jones helped raise money for the building fund and served as Trustee for many years.

• For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Oldham County History Center at (502) 222-0826.

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