11th Annual Holt Home Community Day / History is
The historic Holt Home is
part of the portrait of America. The Friends of the Holt
Home, Inc. work diligently each year to bring history
back as MG Joseph Holt might have entertained. The
yearly family event on the fourth Saturday of September
has become a tradition as the doors are open to the
peopleís home! During the restoration the public has
been invited year after year to be a part of the
Preservation is slow done the right way. As the next
phase of restoration continues visitors who come on
September 26, 2020 will see a remarkable change in Judge
Holtís home, the only home in America today that tells
the complete story of the Lincoln Conspiracy Trial where
Holt presided. As you view pictures from the September
26, 2019 event you can just imagine how the Holtís
lived, and learn of how Joseph Holt helped develop the
Judge Advocate General Corps.
Much work has been done to
gain and continue the partnering with the United States
Army JAGS and other state partners. Support your local
history where the Showplace of Breckinridge County is
returning along with the home of one of the Army JAGSí
heroes and our most famous son!
to Judy Nottingham
The 14th Kentucky Light
Artillery preparing to load.
OíDonoghue family preparing
historic tree saplings for the day!
Guests arriving early.
Judge Maurice Lucas and Ed
Ford of Richmond conversing.
Breckinridge County Vintage
Baseball Club on Holt Field
Ladies dressed in the period.
COL Lance Turlington,
Recruiting Commander of Fort Knox JAGS, Preparing for
the presidential wreath-laying ceremony at MG Joseph
Holtís monument with Kentucky State Senator Steve
Meredith and Judge Lucas.
Sewing a flag and enjoying the
Kentucky Artillery checking
the authentic period cannon.
Susan Dyer, Author, organizing
books; Lincolnís Advocate and most recent release Joseph
Holt Mansion (with Many Jean Atchison from Frankfort and
Sheila Wayne from Gallatin, TN.
Senator Steve Meredith, COL
Lance Turlington and Judge Maurice Lucas organizing for
the Presidential Wreath Laying at MG Holtís monument.
Children in period costumes
enjoying the 11 Annual Holt Home Community Day.
Taking their positions by the
14th KY Artillery!
Early set up for camp and
Enjoyment under historic trees
of Joseph Holt, some collected around the world!
Charlie Corbett, One of the
Directors of the Friends & Susan B. Dyer, President of
the Friends, enjoying the day!
Judge Kelly Easton, Portraying
Joseph Holt capturing a moment in time at the yearly
September event during restoration.
Berea Festival Dancers from
Richmond taking fancy steps to the music.
Under the trees dancers
perform as guests would have seen in the 1860ís!
President Lincoln caught in
Quite and peaceful before the
busy day ahead.
Taking precision preparing the
Dancers dancing a closed
Live Cannon firing!
President Lincoln, (Larry
Elliott), warming up for the ceremonial first pitch from
One of two (west spiral) free
standing staircase in the historic Judge Joseph Holt
President (Larry Elliott)
addressing the Berea Dancers.
KY Home Guard Band member
sharing history of historical tunes.
Guilderoy Byrne Band
performing traditional music.
Dance, delight in moment!
KY Home Guard Band playing on
West Spiral staircase
Patriotic wreath, appreciating
Vintage Baseball at Holt
Guilderoy Byrne Band playing
A base hit!
KY Home Guard Band at rest.
Celebrating the tradition of
vintage baseball with team spirit on Holt
Guilderoy Byrne Band
approaching next number for the crowd.
A hard hit!
Visitors enjoying dressing in
Waiting for someone to strike
up a tune.
Excitement in the game.
Practice makes performances
President Lincoln in serious
conversation with guests.
Beginning the entrance for the
Presidential wreathing laying ceremony at Holtís
Dancers setting out a while on
MG Joseph Holtís back porch.
KY 14TH light Artillery with
Susan Dyer and Judge Maurice Lucas.
The band plays tribute to the
Locals; Alison OíDonoghue
Mattingly and Paul Joseph Oí Donoghue performing!!!!!
Susan Dyer, President of the
Friends non-profit organization conversing with COL
Lance Turlington who performed the Presidential
Wreath-Laying Ceremony, that has been made a tradition
by the Fort Knox Army JAGS, honoring one of their own
with continued partnering.
Telling a story with music.
Simple wreath displaying
Curt Fields, Portraying
General Ulysses S. Grant, President Lincoln, and Charlie
Corbett taking a serious pause at the Holt grounds.
The beautiful historic cannon
fired throughout the day.
COL Lance Turlington, Staff
Judge Advocate USARC of Fort Knox was the Keynote
speaker September 28, 2019 who spoke on how MG Joseph
Holt development the JAG Corps and how Joseph Holt
helped save our country!!!!!!!!
Cleo Lee and David Hayes of
the Breckinridge County Historical Society spoke with
Judge Kelly Easton, portraying
Judge Joseph Holt, talking with a visitor.
Dancing once again at
Ready to go!!!!!
Sewing by hand was done often
MG Joseph Holtís Monument, the
resting place of our most famous son Joseph Holt,
President Abraham Lincolnís Advocate and TJAG!!!!!!!!
A nice time.
When players line Holt Field
the crowd comes to enjoy!!!!!
Sewing, Sewing, Sewing!!
Boots of the period were
buttoned or laced or both!
The distinguished B.C. H. S.
Wind Ensemble and Chamber Singers performing songs Holt
might have enjoyed.
Judge Maurice Lucas, Breck.
Co. Judge Executive addressing the crowd.
President Lincoln is admired
Almost a lost art!
Business between Curt Fields
(General Grant and Ed Ford), dressed for the occasion.
Baskets held numerous items of
Portrait of partial
restoration of roof, windows, dormers, lightening rods,
chimneys, and original fence (by Brown-Forman grant)
(Friends) before Phase 2 Restoration work of 2020.
Student Day with David Roach,
fifth grade teacher of Hardinsburg Elementary, Susan B.
Dyer, President of the Friends, and Breckinridge County
Judge Executive Maurice Lucas.
View of historic Holt Home
front porch iron works on September 28, 2019 before the
beginning of the Transportation Enhancement Grant Phase
View of beautifully restored
trim, moldings, dormers, and windows with 1st $500,000
Transportation Enhancement grant.
Charlie Corbett, Friendsí
Director pulling pen of the cannon while Susan Dyer
shows excitement as she awaits her turn upon request!
Taking a moment from cannon
Susan Dyer, and General
Ulysses S. Grant portrayed by Curt Fields giving honor
to the man MG Joseph Holt whose legacy and career gave
national prominence to the Army JAG Corps, and nation,
and national importance to Holtís Kentucky Home, ( the
only Army TJAGís home to be restored!)( Sheila Wayne
viewing the ceremony in the Holt Family Cemetery.
Flags flying high at Holt,
Basket in hand.
General Ulysses S. Grant
portrayed by Curt Fields standing on the west spiral
(free standing) staircase in MG Holtís home. General
Grant was a friend and guest at Joseph Holtís parties in
Washington City. (Source: Manuscript Reading Room,
Letters of Joseph Holt.
Berea Dancers greeting
visitors for tours.
Berea Festival Danvers in the
foyer with the dayís program (before interior
restoration) began in 2020.
President Lincoln, Gen.
Grant will meet, greet at Holt Home 11th Annual Community
Photo Courtesy of the KY Heritage Council/ State
President Abraham Lincoln and Gen. U.S. Grant will be
available to meet and greet those attending the 11th
Annual Holt Home Community Day Sept. 28.
The President, portrayed by
Larry Elliott, and Gen. Grant, portrayed by Curt Fields,
have been heralded as amazing lookalikes and highly
proficient authorities on two of the key figures in the
U.S. Civil War. Theyíll headline a program thatís
scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT on the grounds of
the historic Judge Joseph Holt home in Hardinsburg.
The Friends of the Holt Home,
Inc. cherishes its position by presenting the Holt Home
Community Day where families and visitors of all ages
are entertained in the period as Abraham Lincolnís
Lawyer might have entertained. And are proud to
coordinate fund raising efforts and events for the home
of Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt. Holt, a
Breckinridge County native, was appointed Judge Advocate
General, in 1862 by President Lincoln. His 19th Century
14-room mansion will be open for public viewing.
In addition to the Lincoln and
Grant portrayals, other Community Day highlights include
a silent auction, a wreath-laying ceremony at Judge
Holtís monument, period music by the Breckinridge County
Concert Band and Chamber Singers, performances by the
Berea Festival Dancers, Kentucky Home Guard Band and the
Guilderroy Byrne Band. A Civil War baseball game will be
conducted along with cannon firing by the 14th Kentucky
Light Artillery unit.
Proceeds from the Silent Auction
assist with costs for the Community Day, which is free
and open to the public. Those wishing to contribute an
item should contact the Breckinridge County Chamber
(270-756-0268), the Breckinridge County Fiscal Court
(270-756-2268), or the Friends of the Holt Home
Guided tours of the Holt Home
will focus on continuing restoration projects for the
160-year-old mansion. Copies of the latest book
concerning the homeís restoration also will be
available. Author Susan Dyer will sign Joseph Holt
Mansion: Saving and Restoring the Home of Lincolnís
Judge Advocate General.
Judge Holtís most memorable role
as judge advocate general occurred when he presided over
the trial of the Lincoln assassination conspirators. His
6,225-square-foot home with its Italianate architecture
is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
and sits on 19.5 acres owned by the Breckinridge County
The Holt Home is located at 6205
Highway 144 in Hardinsburg. More information is
available at www.jholt-houseky.org or by calling
270-756-2269, 270-756-0268, or 270-756-2573.
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