and protecting Joseph Holt’s legacy and home continues to be
inspirational for Friends of the Holt Home, Inc. a non-profit
organization who works in a cooperative -agreement with
Breckinridge County Fiscal Court. Restoration for the historic
Holt Home has not happened over night to bring funding for the
last official Kentucky Lincoln site and member of the Kentucky
Lincoln Heritage Trail Alliance to be restored located in rural
Breckinridge County. Perseverance, continuous grant writing, and
an array of state and local partners along with working Friends’
volunteers provide a remarkable event for south central Kentucky
and the Commonwealth.
David L. Morgan, a distinguished Centre College alumni, who had his professional home at the Kentucky Heritage Council from 1977-2006 and was Executive Director from 1984- 2006 “where he established a well-earned reputation as the nation’s most energetic and innovative state historic preservation officer” will be the key-note speaker at 11:00 a.m. CDT. and continues to serve as the Resource Agent for the Holt Home.
Joseph Holt, Breckinridge County’s most famous son was appointed Judge Advocate General by President Abraham Lincoln and prosecuted the president’s accused assassins in the Lincoln Conspiracy Trial. Judge Holt built his beloved home in the 1850’s during his time of national service in Washington from 1857-1875.
The Holt Home and surrounding 19.5 acres were acquired by Breckinridge County Fiscal Court in 2008. The 6,225 square foot mansion listed on the National Register of Historic Places continues extensive exterior renovation. And at last year’s event the home received a $500,000 Phase II Transportation Enhancement Grant from Kentucky and former Governor Steve Beshear’s administration along with $199,000 tax credits from the Kentucky Heritage Council, a life-time partner.
The Holt Home is located at 6205 Highway 144 in Hardinsburg.
Additional information is available at www.jholt-houseky.org or by calling 270/756-2269 or 270/756/2573.
The Holt Home is
located at 6205 Highway 144 in Hardinsburg.
Visit the www.jholt-houseky.org website and see how today’s historians, volunteers, and advocates are striving to make Judge Holt’s home again “The showplace of Breckinridge County.”