Phase I Archaeological Survey
Judge Joseph Holt House


The Friends of the Holt House, Breckinridge County, Kentucky, is Requesting Proposals from KYTC Prequalified Professional Environmental Archaeology firms for the purpose of providing a Phase I Archaeological Survey for the Judge Joseph Holt House.   

Conduct Phase I archaeological survey of the Judge Joseph Holt House in Breckinridge County, Kentucky. The survey area is roughly 400 feet by 725 feet in size. The proposed improvements include addition of an ADA ramp at the back of the house, underground utility lines, installation of a septic tank and drain field northwest of the house, and temporary staging and parking areas to facilitate house restoration. Field work will focus on areas where the ground will definitely be disturbed and secondarily on a more general evaluation of the property. Shovel tests will be placed at close intervals (5 to 10 meters) in areas that are close to the house and proposed for ground disturbance; shovel tests will be placed at 20-meter intervals in areas that are more remote from the house. The proposed work includes excavation of 75 shovel tests at various intervals and one or two deep auger tests to evaluate the potential for buried prehistoric deposits.  The field work and report will conform to the Kentucky Heritage Council’s Specifications for Conducting Fieldwork and Preparing Cultural Resource Assessment Reports.  Provide electronic (PDF format) copy of the final report and six bound paper copies.  Contract negotiations to include all costs for field work, travel, project registration and background research, artifact inventory and analysis, and completion of site form and technical report. 

Information and inquiries about the project and a complete Request For Proposal (RFP) package can be obtained by contacting Jon Rollins at or 859-223-3999. Submit to the attention of Kathina Bell and clearly marked on the outside “Request for Proposals - Holt House Phase I Archaeological Survey”, no later than 4:00 local time, Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018. 

 Mailing Address: Breckinridge County Fiscal Court, Attn: Kathina - Holt Archaeological RFP, P.O. Box 227 Hardinsburg, KY 40143

 Physical Address: Breckinridge County Fiscal Court, Breckinridge County Courthouse, 208 South Main Street, Hardinsburg, KY 40143  Attn: Kathina Bell - Holt Archaeological RFP 270-756-2269 

Project Location:  6205 Highway 144, Hardinsburg, KY 40143

 All firms submitting an RFP must be prequalified with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet by the time of the proposal opening. 

Price is not to be included in the response to the RFP and may not consider price when evaluating responses.


Community Day

Thanks to all  who made the
9th Annual Holt Home Community Day a Success!

The 10th Annual Holt Home Community Day will be Saturday, September 22, 2018

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 Videos and Newscasts Featuring the Holt Home

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Baseball at the Holt Home

The Judge Joseph Holt Home and Holt Chapel were placed on the National Register of 
Historical Places
in 1976



The once forgotten Holt Home is now making its mark on history known. This house was once home to Judge Joseph Holt, one of the most prominent people in all of Kentucky. The Holt Home considered the "home" in its day holds a vast amount of history. 

The Joseph Holt Home, a three-story brick structure, is located on State Highway 144 one mile west of Addison, Kentucky. The home is situated in a grove of trees on a plain, with the Ohio River in view to the north. The western two-thirds of the home may well date from 1850, but the east wing and trim seem more characteristic of the 1870s. The home has many features of an Italianate villa.

Over the windows are cast iron lintels: flat lintels on the first story, pedimented over shallow arches on the second floor. An unusual feature is the Palladian windows in the gables, which have continuous entablatures that curve up into central round arches, and the sills seem clasped into the wall. The Palladian windows are not only more plastic that is, sculptural than the other openings, but they seem out of scale They are diminutive but rich, while the windows are long and attenuated with skimpy ornamentation. 

Another peculiar feature is the way the dormers break the bracketed cornice. They seem to perform a double function as attic windows (often between paired brackets within the cornice itself) and dormers on the roof. Over five bays of the front extends a very finely ornamented cast iron porch with a projecting central bay. 

The walls of the house are 14" thick. The ground floor has three 20' by 22' rooms with 14' ceilings. Another 20' by 22' room used as a kitchen and dining room extends off the back of the house. The second floor has three 20' by 22' rooms with 12' ceilings. The third floor is the same only with 10' ceilings. Between each of the three rooms on each floor there is a 12' hallway with a winding staircase that extends to all three levels.

The rear ell has porches on both sides and there is a two-story porch with exterior staircase on the back of the main block.

The slave quarters that were located behind the kitchen have been removed. The house has been vacant for several years and is has deteriorated.

Through the relentless efforts of Susan B. Dyer to bring awareness of the historical importance of Judge Joseph Holt and the Holt Home to people all across Breckinridge County, Kentucky and all across the nation the home will be undergoing a complete restoration.

The Holt Home was purchased by the Breckinridge County Fiscal Court in 2008 with funding secured from the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and the Kentucky Heritage Council. The restoration project volunteers have secured grants to go toward stabilization and restoration of the home. The project was awarded a  $150,000 Save America's Treasurers Grant and a $500,000 Transportation Enhancement Grant in 2012. 


"The Judge Joseph Holt House is the only remaining home of Judge Joseph Holt that tells the complete story of the Lincoln Conspiracy Trial"

David Morgan

David Morgan
Retired Executive Director 
Kentucky Heritage Council State Preservation Office



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