Rain failed to dampen
10th Annual Holt Home Community
Rain failed to dampen
the enthusiasm of those attending the 10th Annual
Holt Home Community Day.
an all day drizzle, hundreds of visitors turned out
Sept. 22 to tour the home and grounds of the Judge
Joseph Holt estate.
President Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by
and Gen. and Mrs. U.S. Grant, portrayed by
Curt and Lena
Fields, greeted those in attendance. With
umbrellas in hand, the crowd purchased Susan Dyer’s new
book, The Joseph Holt Mansion: Saving & Restoring the
Home of Lincoln’s Judge Advocate General, as a lasting
remembrance of the Holt Home project.
Preservationist Stephen Collins, one of the key
speakers, focused on the value and historical
significance of the home and how it will bring economic
development to the community, region and state.
And, Col. Andras M. Marton, representing the
Pentagon’s Judge Advocate General Office, stressed Judge
Holt’s national importance and legacy to the nation and
Marton also led the wreath-laying ceremony at the
cemetery’s Holt Monument as the Breckinridge County High
School Band played taps.
school band, the Guilderoy Byrne Band, Kentucky Home
Guard Band, and the Breckinridge County Chamber Singers
provided musical entertainment. The Berea Festival
Dancers performed period dances, cannon firing was
provided throughout the day and the rain failed to halt
a period baseball game. The Ninth Michigan
Volunteer Infantry provided an authentic military
Modern Woodman provided a $2,500 matching grant to
assist the Holt project and a new National Register
plaque and additional cemetery plaques were unveiled.
Charlie Corbett of the Friends of the Holt Home spoke
about research concerning Judge Holt’s brothers and
sister who are not buried in the family plot.
Corbett also discussed anticipated work on the next
phase of the mansion restoration.
Highlights from the 10th Annual Holt Home Community
September 22, 2018
President Lincoln portrayed by
Larry Elliott. Visit
General Grant portrayed by Curt
Photo Credit to Tender Loving Care Photography
Ed Ford, developed the idea of
the vintage baseball game, suggested getting the Berea
Festival Dancers and has assisted the Friends with
numerous ideas for the Holt Home Community Day events,
speaking with Miss Jaydyn Dyer.
Judge Kelly Easton, Master of Ceremonies portraying
Judge Joseph Holt who donated the very nice podium for
events at the historic Holt Home.
Berea Festival Dancers bringing dancing back to the Holt
Opening Ceremonies to begin the 10th Annual Celebration!
Boy Scout Troop and Club Scout Pack #95
Beautiful period selections sung by the Breckinridge
County Chamber Singers enhanced the crowd.
Chamber singers performing
Phil Jennings directing the Breckinridge County Chamber
Singers (The Friends appreciate the partnering!)
General Ulysses S. Grant & Mrs. Grant posing with young
Field Desk of General Ulysses S. Grant with Mrs. Grant
by his side. Portrayed by Curt Fields and Lena Fields.
The 14th Light Artillery recently purchased a large
Civil War cannon and Judge Maurice Lucas is at work
Gordon Brandenburg explains and demonstrated the Civil
War era cannon (a crowd favorite!)
The Ninth Michigan Volunteer Infantry greets visitors at
the Civil War campsite.
A Berea Festival dancer taking in the day’s festivities.
Paul Joseph O’Donoghue and Alison Mattingly singing
songs from Judge Holt’s era in the parlor
A re-enactor loading his gun.
Firing in precision (The Ninth Michigan)
Ninth Michigan (at arms.)
Firing of period guns occurred throughout the event.
General Grant & Mrs. Grant speaking with Friends’
President, Susan Dyer.
Breckinridge Concert Band directed by Ricky Dudgeon,
(Friends of the Holt Home appreciate the partnering!)
Umbrellas and tents lined the grounds. However, the
people came and enjoyed the living history alive.
Powerful patriotic music put the crowd in a spirited
Sounds of music assembled throughout the grounds
11:00 a.m. Program Speakers Judge Kelly Easton, Master of
Ceremonies, Key Speaker, COL Andras M. Marton,
Representing the Office of the Judge Advocate General
from the Pentagon, Susan B. Dyer, President of the
Friends of the Holt Home, Inc. Breckinridge County Judge
Executive Maurice Lucas, Key Speaker, Stephen L.
Collins, Preservationist & Chairman of the Kentucky
Heritage Council, and Nicole Konkol, Archaeology
Transportation Review Coordinator KY Heritage Council.
the playing of the National Anthem.
Breckinridge County Judge Maurice Lucas
Susan Dyer, recognizing individuals and families whom
have donated beautiful pieces of furniture from the
1860’s to the historic Holt Home.
Nicole Konkol, KY Heritage Council reviewing archaeology
work recently completed on the Holt grounds in 2018.
Charlie Corbett, one of he Directors who gave updates on
the Holt family plaques and summarized the restoration
work for the next phase on the Holt home project.
Stephen L. Collins spoke on what advantages the historic
Holt Home will bring Breckinridge County with economic
development and tourism.
COL Andras M. Marton,Representing the Office of the Judge
Advocate General, who is the Strategic Planner for
General Pede, The Judge Advocate General of the United
States Army. Spoke about the importance of Brigadier
General Joseph Holt and how his legacy is respected by
the U.S. Army JAGS of today.
COL Andras M. Marton giving Friends President Susan B.
Dyer a hug from the Colonel
NeilTindell retired Guidance Counselor from the
Independent Cloverport Schools made a surprise
presentation by presenting the gift of the newly
discovered Joseph Holt Bible (in French.) Signed by
Joseph Holt and found in the Cloverport United Methodist
Church and will be on permanent loan to the Holt Home
once restoration is completed.
Tindel (showing Holt’s signatures) & explaining how the
signature was researched along with learning Joseph Holt
was fluent in French.
Neil Tindel showing the wonderful Bible of Holt to the
The Ninth Michigan Volunteer Infantry leading the crowd
to the Holt Family Cemetery.
Vestal Rogers Leads the Ninth with the stars and strips
to honor Judge Joseph Holt, Holt’s legacy………. the reason
for the celebration.
General Grant portrayed by Curt Fields from Tennessee
awaits COL Andras M. Marton with preparing the laying of
the wreath at Holt’s monument
President Abraham Lincoln portrayed by Larry Elliott,
COL Andras M. Marton representing The Judge Advocate
General from the Pentagon &General Ulysses S. Grant
portrayed by Curt Fields giving honor to Breckinridge
County’s most famous son, Joseph Holt.
President Lincoln, COL Marton and General Grant (giving
Salutes given to Brigadier General Joseph Holt.
Honor given as the crowd surrounds the Holt Family
Cemetery (inside and out) for the presidential
Paying respect in a quiet & appreciative manner to
Joseph Holt who served our great nation and numerous
Presidents in very distinguished positions!
Civil War Baseball Team for Holt!
And the game begins!
Hit after hit!
Holt Field is a favorite place to gather on the Holt
Home Community Day.
Playing America’s pastime in the rain takes a very
distinguished group of young men!
KY Home Guard Band played strong patriotic tunes that
could be heard across the grounds.
The band plays on…….
Taking time for a picture with (history of how the Holt
Jeff Nalley with Modern Woodman proudly presents a
$2,500 matching grant to the Friends of the Holt Home.
President Lincoln, Susan Dyer, and General Grant
Berea Festival Dancers inside the historic Holt Home.
Period dancing was enjoyed by high school students
making up the Berea Festival Dancers.
Visitors enjoyed watching the period Civil War dancers.
What fun, as the music and dancing resumed once again
inside the Holt Mansion.
Authentic costumes brought dance Alive!
Guilderoy Byrne Band provided the beautiful tunes for the
10th Annual Holt Home Community Day
September 22, 9:00 a.m. to
hot air balloon rides
beginning at 7:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. weather permitting
Kentucky’s Last Official
Explore the past as the last official Kentucky
Lincoln site continues restoration.
If you come:
You will walk through what appears to be a time lapse. A
14-room mansion being beautifully restored. Judge
Advocate General Joseph Holt’s beloved home and grounds
is filled with a full-scale day of events all in the
period as Lincoln’s lawyer would have entertained. This
Lincoln site is unique with the man behind the legacy
buried on the grounds. And one of the few cemeteries in
Kentucky giving honor to the Union.
continues with partnering from the United States Army to
make the home a national meeting place for all the Army
JAGS across the nation, along with new uses for
regional, state and national. You may expect to see a
home like this in Washington D.C. but not in Kentucky!
Visitors will be intrigued by the charm of this
historical jewel. They will take in sights and sounds
and leave with the strong history alive today with the
most famous son of Breckinridge County in their hearts
Highlights of the event from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. CDT
with no admission charged include a Civil War baseball
game, dances by the Berea Festival Dancers, period bands
and singing throughout the day, cannon firing, tours of
the home, a majestic wreath-laying ceremony at the Holt
monument by the United States Cadet Command and Fort
Knox, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, The Ninth
Michigan Volunteer Infantry and a host of Civil War
re-enactors and campsites on the grounds, and
distinguished speakers at 11:00. The local Breckinridge
County Tiger Band and the Breckinridge County Chamber
Singers performing along with Larry Elliott portraying
President Abraham Lincoln.
New this year:
Hot air balloon rides from 7
a.m. to 10:00 a.m. weather permitting, Curt Fields,
nationally known will be portraying General Ulysses S.
Grant, and local author Susan B. Dyer will be on site to
sign her new book released by Acclaim Press,
The New Jewel in Kentucky’s
Civil War Crown.
served President James Buchanan as Postmaster General
and Secretary of War at the beginning of the Civil War
and was appointed Judge Advocate General by President
Abraham Lincoln. His most memorable role as JAG came
following the assassination of President Lincoln when
Holt presided over the trial of the Lincoln
assassination conspirators, which included the first
woman ever hanged by the federal government, Mary
home and surrounding 19.5 acres, now owned by
Breckinridge County Fiscal Court, are expected to become
major area attractions because of Holt’s significance in
national history and politics. The 6,225 square foot
structure, with its Italianate architecture, also is
listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Friends of the Holt Home, Inc. non-profit organization,
coordinates fundraising efforts, writes grants, plans
events for the home, has completed a site use plan of
what the historic home will become upon completed
restoration in progress. And efforts continue to make
the Holt Home become a national meeting places for all
the United States Army JAGS.
Be a part of this
unforgettable milestone with continued success of
celebrating the acquisition, restoration progress,
numerous grant awards, the partnering of four state
agencies, and teaching the region what true preservation
is, having patience, doing preservation the right way
the first time, helping gain community support, state
support and bringing national attention to the historic
10th Annual Holt Home Community Day, scheduled September
22, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (with hot air balloon
rides beginning at 7:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. weather
For more information visit
www.jholt-houseky.org or call 270-756-2269,
270-756-0268 or 270 756-2573.
Holt Home is located at 6205 Highway 144, Hardinsburg,
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