Activities, Renovation Work
Progressing on Holt Home

 The Indiana National Guard JAGS have announced they will work with the Friends of the Holt Home, Inc. to make the historical facility a national meeting place for the Judge Advocate General corps.

Roger Wilson, legal administrator for the Indiana guard’s 38th Division, made the announcement recently after the guard’s onsite training program at the Holt Home March 5. Fort Knox apparently will assist with that effort.

Since 2011, the work of making the Breckinridge County structure a national meeting place has been in progress.   Friends of the Holt Home, Inc. have led that project and continue efforts to preserve and protect the structure.

With the beginning of the spring season, many improvements have been made. Historic sidewalks have been uncovered, all front windows restored along with the pediments above them. With a grant, the Friends group has installed a security system for the home and cleaned the fence rows and grounds. Recently, permission was received to utilize the Save America’s Treasures Grant ($150,000 grant, 50-50 match) for restoration on the back of the home. This will be accomplished during the summer.
In addition, a concrete wall around the front porch (not original) has been removed. The Friends also have installed new picnic tables and a fence has been removed for restoration.

A consultant, Kim Nyberg, has been employed to develop a site use plan for the home. That activity has been funded by a grant from the National Trust of Historic Preservation.

The Holt Home received a $500,000 Transportation Enhancement Grant for Phase II renovation from Kentucky and with assistance from Gov. Stephen Beshear’s administration and a $199,000 Tax credit (same as cash) from the Kentucky Heritage Council/ State Preservation Office. Work is expected to begin in 2017.

Two Breckinridge County elementary schools visited for a living history day April 12, and Friends President Susan Dyer was the key speaker for the Jefferson County (Ind.) Civil War Round Table Gordon Whitney Memorial Dinner May 13. A second wedding has been schedule at the Holt Home and will be conducted June 4.
Also, Mrs. Dyer is continuing to work on “The New Jewel in Kentucky’s Civil War Crown,” a follow-up book on how the Holt Home has been saved.
 
The 8th Annual Holt Home Community Day is scheduled Sept. 24. The keynote speaker is David L. Morgan, former executive director at the Kentucky Heritage Council/ State Preservation Office. Morgan now serves as a resource agent for the Holt Home.
   
  

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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, 270-756-0268 or 270-756-2573.

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.”

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