The Judge Joseph Holt Home is the only home in America of an Army TJAG to be restored! The remaining 19.5 acres of the Holt grounds was once a vibrant plantation of 10,000 acres in northern Breckinridge County!
When visitors explore the Judge Joseph Holt Home on September 26 at the 12th Annual Holt Home Community Day, they will enjoy walking where President Abraham Lincoln’s lawyer walked! During the 1860’s everyone in America knew the name Joseph Holt. And for almost one hundred- and fifty-years Holt was a forgotten man. Today, in 2020 Holt’s own community are remembering him once again as the restoration of his home and legacy have been reclaimed! This amazing home is a restoration and rebirth for this community-based project!
If you come this year you will be amazed with the restoration of the iron works, and historic front porch along with new public restrooms, warming kitchen, twin entrances restored along with breathtaking interior restoration by Volunteer, Ray Stojak, Breckinridge Countian approved by the KY Heritage Council who has restored a second floor bedroom, and joining setting room on the west wing along with foyer restoration from the 3-1st floor including the beauteous spiral staircase. Ray’s work has been possible with the assistance of the Friends of the Holt Home gaining sponsors to pay $1,500 for all needed supplies to restore one room at a time!
New this year: Presidential restoration for our most famous son, MG Joseph Holt who as a young man was a gifted scholar who showcased his master of debating at Centre College. And the Friends of the Holt Home are honored to have the distinguished Dr. John Roush 20th President of Centre College as the key-note speaker and his gracious wife Susie who viewed the historic Holt Home at the beginning of the Holt project before the work of 17 grants ,now returning to see the amazing accomplishments, success, and grand progress. Along with other important speakers!
Guests will enjoy a new-one act play written by Ed Ford of Richmond, KY, You Can’t Go Home Again performed by Larry Elliott portraying President Lincoln, Judge Kelly Easton, playing Judge Holt and COL Lance Turlington, Staff Judge Advocate of the Recruiting Command at Fort Knox performing as General Meade.
Special events include contemporary music by the Guilderoy Byrne Band, a Silent Auction, firing of the cannon by the 14th Kentucky Light Artillery, Vintage Baseball game, (visitors please bring lawn chairs!) Presidential wreath-laying ceremony at Holt’s monument by COL Jerrett Dunlap, SJA Corps, LTC Nathan Bankson, Staff Judge Advocate for Cadet Command & Fort Knox, and LTC Rich Gorini, SJA, 1st Theater Support Command, Master of Ceremonies, Hardin County Circuit Judge Kelly M. Easton, Patriotic Music, Breckinridge County High School Wind Ensemble, Period Music, KY Home Guard Band, Jubal’s Academy ensemble, re-enactors, Berea Festival Dancers, local performs, and the latest book about the mansion’s restoration- Joseph Holt Mansion: Saving and Restoring the Home of Lincoln’s Judge Advocate General- will be available by local author Susan B. Dyer, and tours of the majestic Show Place of Breckinridge County!
Donations are much appreciated and needed as the Friends of the Holt Home, Inc. work hard to present the yearly event for the public free of charge. Social Distancing will be practiced, and hand sanitizer will be available.
Explore history, respect the past, give a gift for the future and be entertained from MG Joseph Holt’s home, President Abraham Lincoln’s lawyer, era of the 1860’s, from 9:00-a.m. 2:00 p.m. CDT. Your invited by the Friends of the Holt Home and the Breckinridge County Fiscal Court, owner of the home through a grant from the Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial (Legacy Project) and lifetime partners the Kentucky Heritage Council/ State Preservation Office.
The historic Holt Home is located at 6205 KY Highway 144, Hardinsburg, KY 40143.Call ( 270)-756-0268, (270) 756- 2269, or ( 270) 756-2573 or visit www.jholt-houseky.org or Save the Judge Joseph Holt Home on Facebook.