Events 

13th Annual Holt Home Community Day
September 25th, 2021
photo credit to Judy Nottingham

Vestal Rogers, a flash back in time at the 13th Annual Holt Home Community Day
Vestal Rogers, a flash back in time at the 13th Annual Holt Home Community Day!!!!!!!!!!!

Ed Ford, Playwright, author, and friend of the Holt Home!
Ed Ford, Playwright, author, and friend of the Holt Home!

Cast for New Play
Cast for New Play

The crowds came and were amazed
The crowds came and were amazed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Visitors were taken back in time with the beautiful setting!
Visitors were taken back in time with the beautiful setting!

Visitors enjoyed period dancing and music!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Visitors enjoyed period dancing and music!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

following photos credited to Judy Nottingham and Christiane Turlington


Susan Dyer, COL Turlington, CPT Colley, MAJ Trainor


 JAG Room Dedication


 JAGs at the Holt Cemetery


COL Turlington and Judge Easton


Laying the Wreath


Dave Trainer Rifle


Student Day at the Historic Judge Joseph Holt Home
September 22nd, 2021
photo credit to Judy Nottingham

Student Guides for Student Day at the historic Holt Home, September 22!
Student Guides for Student Day at the historic Holt Home, September 22!

Student Day with Cloverport Independent Schools/ Students learning important history about our most famous son, Joseph Holt and his home!
Student Day with Cloverport Independent Schools/ Students learning important history about our most famous son, Joseph Holt and his home!

Students learned about President Lincoln and his Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt!
Students learned about President Lincoln and his Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt!

Paul Joseph O'Donoghue shared the story of the Holt Ginkgo tree and gave one to Mrs. Tindel's 5th grade class to plant.
Paul Joseph O'Donoghue shared the story of the Holt Ginkgo tree and gave one to Mrs. Tindel's 5th grade class to plant.


 

13th Annual Holt Home Community Day
September 25th, 2021
9am - 2pm Central Time


Believing in preservation, the historic Holt Home has been saved with a fascinating journey of over two decades. On September 25 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. you are invited by the Friends of the Holt Home, and Breckinridge County Fiscal Court to view what Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt’s own community has done to save and restore the home.

When you come, you will learn the story of a community that has strong will power and has turned a decaying piece of its heritage into a community treasure. The home will have numerous new uses and soon will hopefully become the National Home of the United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps.

Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt, a locally raised national figure, known best as “Lincoln’s Judge Advocate General” of the 1860’s era, has been given a new hearing and his historic home given a new lease on life. President Abraham Lincoln initially chose Holt to be his Secretary of War and then later, Judge Advocate General of the Union Army during the Civil War. After Lincoln’s assassination, Joseph Holt was the prosecuting judge of the Lincoln Conspiracy Trial. Holt developed what is now the modern-day Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps.  In 2021, the 40th Judge Advocate General Charles D. Pede, from the Pentagon, visited Holt’s historical home stating the Holt Home was an important part of the Regiment’s history.

Keynote Speaker: Mr. Jim Weise, Retired Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Army JAG Corps who later went on to serve in a civilian capacity as the Chief of Administrative Law, U.S. Army Recruiting Command, Fort Knox.

Visitors will view restoration of 1st and 2nd floors, including the west and east wing foyers, staircases, new flooring on the first floor, painted plaster walls & trim, along with dazzling new reproduction chandeliers. Several reproduction oriental rugs from the Kentucky Colonels Good Works Program have also been placed.  A period correct Piano has been donated and placed in the West Parlor.

Guests will be entertained by a new two-act Civil War play, “The Final Curtain”, written by Ed Ford.   Actors will perform as President Lincoln,(Larry Elliott), Judge Joseph Holt, (Judge Kelly Easton), General Ulysses S, Grant, (COL Lance Turlington), Vanna Holt,(Mary Elliott), Emma Watkins, (Jennifer Ramsay), Director Warren Greer, and Producer/ Author Ed Ford.

A must see stop across Kentucky for an enjoyable day with family and friends with events of a silent auction, guided tours where visitors see and learn of the recreated atmosphere the Holt Family would have lived, firing of the 14th Kentucky Light Artillery, a vintage baseball game of local talent,( visitors please bring lawn chairs), Monday’s Food Truck, a Presidential wreath-laying ceremony at Holt’s monument, patriotic music, distinguished guest speakers, period music, Kentucky Home Guard Band, Jubal’s Academy ensemble, reenactors, Guilderoy Byrne Band, Berea Festival Dancers and local performers.

The latest book about the mansion’s restoration, Joseph Holt Mansion: Saving and Restoring the Home of Lincoln’s Judge Advocate General, by local author Susan B. Dyer will be available.

Donations are much appreciated and needed as the Friends of the Holt Home Inc. and volunteers work hard to bring the yearly event free to the public.

The historic Holt Home is located at 6205 KY Highway 144, Hardinsburg, KY 40143. You may call (270)-756-0268, (270) 756- 2269, or (270) 756-2573 for more information…. or visit www.jholt-houseky.org.

We are also on Facebook as .. Friends of the Holt Home 


 


 1st Law Day for the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate of Fort Knox at the Holt Home!

1st Law Day Held at TJAG Holt's home

Gray skies and dripping rain encircled the historic Holt Home with Friends of the Holt Home hosting the first Law Day for the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate (OSJA) of Fort Knox, KY including V Corps, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, US Army Cadet Command, US Army Recruiting Command, Human Resources Command, and the Kentucky National Guard. Joint efforts and participation of the OSJA’s, local news media, The Friends of the Holt Home, local & state leaders, volunteer Ian Brockman as Breckinridge County High School tour guide, and Breckinridge County Judge Executive Maurice Lucas made the day memorable.

The JAGS were greeted by Susan Dyer, President of the Friends of the Holt Home.  She spoke of the appreciation of partnering with the JAGS and the work in progress to make the Holt Home a national meeting place for the United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps.  Senator Steve Meredith, Representative Josh Calloway, and Breckinridge County Judge Executive Maurice Lucas along with the media were present for this celebrated event!

Tours of the home were given by Susan Dyer and Student Guide, Ian Brockman.  The JAGS witnessed the restoration in progress of the 2nd floor and many JAGS stated they would return in September.

COL Lance Turlington requested Judge Kelly Easton to speak on equity and inclusion and Judge Easton excellently obliged.  This helped prepare the JAGS for a Discussion Panel later in the afternoon back at Fort Knox.

LTC Madeline Gorini, Chief of Administrative Law; V Corps, briefly spoke on the front lawn after the event. LTC Gorini recognized the work of Volunteer and President of the Friends, Susan Dyer for almost three decades of her dedication to preserve Joseph Holt’s legacy. Mrs. Dyer was presented a coin medal from the V Corps only given to soldiers who wear the uniform. LTC Gorini gave praise to all the Friends and responded she would be bringing other JAGS for future events on the historic grounds of TJAG Holt. Following this presentation Charlie Corbet led a tour and discussion of the Holt Family History and Cemetery.

Special thanks to CPT Reymond Ramos who made numerous trips along with others planning for this history making event. The JAGS were given Holt Home cakes to take with them for lunch as a small token of appreciation for all they do for our nation and for partnering for the legacy of one of their own, Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt.

Finally, after numerous letters, E-mails, updates, and phone calls, the request for General Charles Pede to visit the Holt Home was granted.  COL Lance Turlington, The Staff Judge Advocate for the Recruiting Command at Fort Knox made it happen.

Since July 14, 2017, communication and updates have been sent to the Office of the Judge Advocate General at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. The key strength for the Holt project and restoration of the home is perseverance.

With little notice to prepare for the General’s visit, The Friends of the Holt Home were flexible and adaptable for this unique opportunity for the Top Lawyer of over 10,000 Army JAGS to visit the Holt Home. The sights and sounds of that day will long be remembered by those who were blessed to see history being made.

Distinguished Army JAGS from Fort Knox accompanied General Pede. Upon arriving, the best of the Army walked slowly… taking in the breath-taking view of the historic Holt Home & grounds which  have a strong national history connected to the Army JAGS.

The Friends were positioned on the restored front porch and Susan Dyer, President of the group awaited General Pede on the sidewalk. General Pede approached with a handshake as Mrs. Dyer said, “We have waited since July 14, 2017 to meet you!!  General Pede responded, “I should have come sooner!”

During the tour of the home, the General asked numerous times if certain items were original. And was answered with, “Everything you see is original.” Numerous times, the national meeting place was mentioned on the tour, and General Pede was the third TJAG to visit. He was also told that the 38th TJAG, General Dana K. Chipman, thinks the Holt Home would be perfect as a National Meeting Place.

The tour of the Holt Family Cemetery was given by Charlie Corbett who shared the distinguished sibling’s lives and how the Civil War shattered many family members and their lives that were never the same after the Civil War. He also told of the family’s contributions to society.

General Pede, standing on the steps of the Holt Home, addressed fourteen Colonels from Fort Knox, the Friends of the Holt Home, and the local media. The General talked about distinguished Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt and how he had a vision for the 1860’s. The modern-day Army JAG Corps Holt helped develop is currently working on something similar Holt did in the 1860’s for today’s JAGS.

TJAG Pede complemented the leadership of the Friends, and asked personally, how the Friends became a group, and asked the President, Susan Dyer why she got involved. The highlight of the day was when General Pede, standing in the center of the west wing front door with everyone in silence, said..”I’m Home!”  Mrs. Dyer looked directly at General Pede saying, “You called this home!” TJAG Pede said, “I am home!” Beautiful music for the Friends to hear as the 40th TJAG will retire in September.  The TJAGS to follow will know of the promise made by General Flora D. Darpino, the 39th Judge Advocate General, who in May of 2017 PROMISED The Judge Advocate General’s Office will work on getting the future TJAGs to visit the historic Holt Home at least once during their four year terms.

The Friends had smiles on their faces as General Pede shared, “The United States Army JAG Corps has never had an individual or a group of people to ever do anything like this for the JAG Corps.”

The General was very appreciative and enjoyed viewing exterior and interior restoration in progress, the Holt Family Cemetery, and the beautiful grounds. TJAG Pede was much impressed with all the hard work, and success of this special place that is so important to the strong history of the United States Army JAG Corps.

In closing remarks COL Lance Turlington, asked Charlie Corbett and Susan Dyer to stand beside General Pede and receive a medal given by him. The Handshake Medal with the 3 stars of his rank will be pressed in their hearts in appreciation of the thousands of hours spent to save our history in Breckinridge County.  An additional medal will be placed in the JAG Room of the Holt Home for all the Judge Advocates who will travel here to learn more about our national hero, Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt who means much to our community, Kentucky, and the United States Army JAG Corps! 

OPENING REMARKS TO THE OSJA's of Fort Knox, KY
OPENING REMARKS TO THE OSJA's of Fort Knox, KY
photo credit to CPT, JA Reymond J. Ramos, National Security Law, V CORPS, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate

Mrs. Dyer Tour
Mrs. Dyer Tour
photo credit to CPT, JA Reymond J. Ramos, National Security Law, V CORPS, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate

Brockman Tour
Brockman Tour
photo credit to CPT, JA Reymond J. Ramos, National Security Law, V CORPS, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate

Susan Dyer giving requested tour to divided groups of V Corps, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, US Army Cadet Command, US Army Recruiting Command, Human Resources Command, and the Kentucky National Guard
Susan Dyer giving requested tour to divided groups of V Corps, 1st Theater Sustainment Command, US Army Cadet Command, US Army Recruiting Command, Human Resources Command, and the Kentucky National Guard

Photo credit to Judy Nottingham for the following photos


OPENING REMARKS TO THE OSJA's of Fort Knox, KY
Opening Remarks To The OSJA's of Fort Knox, KY

JAG Viewing Restoration Of West Wing
JAG Viewing Restoration Of West Wing

Heartfelt sharing the appreciation of partnering with Army JAGS in the JAG Room of be completely restored by September 25
Heartfelt sharing the appreciation of partnering with Army JAGS in the JAG Room of be completely restored by September 25

JAGS viewing the Holt Family Cemetery where TJAG Holt IS BURIED!
JAGS viewing the Holt Family Cemetery where TJAG Holt Is BURIED!

Ian Brockman B.C.H.S. TOUR GUIDE sharing about ongoing restoration!
Ian Brockman B.C.H.S. TOUR GUIDE sharing about ongoing restoration!

Details were shared about the Centre College Room's new flooring, and soon to be completely restored by September 25.
Details were shared about the Centre College Room's new flooring, and soon to be completely restored by September 25.


West spiral staircases graces TJAG Joseph Holt's Kentucky home. The only home of a TJAG TO BE RESTORED!
On the 13th Annual Holt Home Community Day visitors will be amazed with the beauty Ray Stojak has brough back with help from Assistant, Rhonda. Much appreciation is sent for Senator Steve Meredith's work in helping us receive funding from KY!

West Wing spiral stair case under restoration by Specialist , Ray Stojak. On September 25, Visitors will be able to see the complete restoration of the beautiful East and West foyer along with reproduction chandeliers.
West Wing spiral stair case under restoration by Specialist, Ray Stojak. On September 25, visitors will be able to see the complete restoration of the beautiful East and West foyer along with reproduction chandeliers.

This beautiful chandelier donated by Brook Bennett Dyer formally from Holt ,KY will be hanging in the historic Holt Home which came from the Gothic Holt Chapel. Make sure you view it in September!
This beautiful chandelier donated by Brook Bennett Dyer formally from Holt ,KY will be hanging in the historic Holt Home which came from the Gothic Holt Chapel. Make sure you view it in September!

2nd floor East Wing setting room restored/  Reproduction light fixtures will be in place on September 25 from a recent KY Colonels grant received by the Friends
2nd floor East Wing setting room restored/ Reproduction light fixtures will be in place on September 25 from a recent KY Colonels grant received by the Friends

2nd Floor middle room restored by Ray Stojak/ Plaster specialist and designer/Mauve( historic color) chosen by the Friends of the Holt Home, Inc. from the color palette of architect Jon Rollins
2nd Floor middle room restored by Ray Stojak/ Plaster specialist and designer/Mauve( historic color) chosen by the Friends of the Holt Home, Inc. from the color palette of architect Jon Rollins


Mrs. Susan Dyer was surprised and honored by LTC Madeline Gorini, Chief of Administrative Law, V Corps, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate with a coin medal.
Mrs. Susan Dyer was surprised and honored by LTC Madeline Gorini, Chief of Administrative Law, V Corps, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate with a coin medal.

TJAG HOLT, The man behind the legacy!!!!!!! Bring the JAGS home to Holt ,KY. Please General Pede!!!!!!
TJAG HOLT, The man behind the legacy!!!!!!! Bring the JAGS home to Holt ,KY. Please General Pede!!!!!!

A JAG stand in respect!
A JAG stand in respect!

Restoration in progress!!!
Restoration in progress!!!

Representative Josh Calloway looking in amazement at JAGS walking the stairs as MG Holt did!
Representative Josh Calloway looking in amazement at JAGS walking the stairs as MG Holt did!

CPT Reymond Ramos with V Corps did much work for the planning to make the day memorable!
CPT Reymond Ramos with V Corps did much work for the planning to make the day memorable!

JAGS learning about Camp Joe Holt located in Jeffersonville IN during the Civil War. This marker took another grant!
JAGS learning about Camp Joe Holt located in Jeffersonville IN during the Civil War. This marker took another grant!

Take a self- guided Holt Family Cemetery Tour and learn of TJHOLT'S distinguished siblings
Take a self- guided Holt Family Cemetery Tour and learn of TJHOLT'S distinguished siblings

More JAGS learning of the history of MG Joseph Holt, buried on the grounds!
More JAGS learning of the history of MG Joseph Holt, buried on the grounds!

Anticipation of addressing the United States Army JAGS into the soon to be dedicated JAG ROOM!!!!!!
Anticipation of addressing the United States Army JAGS into the soon to be dedicated JAG ROOM!!!!!!

Senior of 2022 Ian Brockman of B.C. H.S. has given numerous volunteer hours and much dedication for the Friends of the Holt Home!!!! Thank you, Ian!!!! Encourager for NEW recruits who may put their heart in our important history of Breckinridge Co.
Senior of 2022 Ian Brockman of B.C. H.S. has given numerous volunteer hours and much dedication for the Friends of the Holt Home!!!! Thank you, Ian!!!! Encourager for NEW recruits who may put their heart in our important history of Breckinridge Co.

Brockman shared the history of the historic Gingko tree and its link to Henry Clay and Holt. Please take a tour on the four Saturday of September. Chandeliers from the KY Colonels grant received by the Friends in 2019 will be in place in the home.
Brockman shared the history of the historic Gingko tree and its link to Henry Clay and Holt. Please take a tour on the four Saturday of September. Chandeliers from the KY Colonels grant received by the Friends in 2019 will be in place in the home.

 JAGS filled the rooms on tour safely as social distancing was practiced. Please return for the trained Student Tours with the restored 1st and 2nd floors on September 25.
JAGS filled the rooms on tour safely as social distancing was practiced. Please return for the trained Student Tours with the restored 1st and 2nd floors on September 25.

Gray skies and dripping rain encircled the historic Holt Home before and during the Friends hosting the distinguished event for the OSJA 's of Fort Knox.
Gray skies and dripping rain encircled the historic Holt Home before and during the Friends hosting the distinguished event for the OSJA 's of Fort Knox.

JAGS exiting JAG Room for the next tour as Becky Brown Friends' member watches history in the making.
JAGS exiting JAG Room for the next tour as Becky Brown Friends' member watches history in the making.

AGS examine Holt Cemetery, and Charlie Corbett shares stories of how the Holt Family was torn apart like many families during the Civil War.
JAGS examine Holt Cemetery, and Charlie Corbett shares stories of how the Holt Family was torn apart like many families during the Civil War.

Judge Kelly Easton and Darla Wethington, Friends members
Judge Kelly Easton and Darla Wethington, Friends members

Judge Kelly Easton addressing the JAGS
Judge Kelly Easton addressing the JAGS

Ian Brockman, and local dignitaries along with Judge Kelly Easton
Ian Brockman, and local dignitaries along with Judge Kelly Easton

Ian Brockman, B.C. H.S. student tour guide has put forth great effort to learn the history of MG Joseph Holt and his beloved home and shares in story form! Be sure to catch his tour on September 25!!!!
Ian Brockman, B.C.H.S. student tour guide has put forth great effort to learn the history of MG Joseph Holt and his beloved home and shares in story form! Be sure to catch his tour on September 25!!!!

CPT Charlie Allen on left and other distinguished JAG
CPT Charlie Allen on left and other distinguished JAG

Susan Dyer with requested Opening and Representative Josh Calloway
Susan Dyer with requested Opening and Representative Josh Calloway


The Friends of the Holt Home, and local dignitaries posing with the Offices of the Staff Judge Advocates ( OSJA'S) of Fort Knox
The Friends of the Holt Home, and local dignitaries posing with the Offices of the Staff Judge Advocates ( OSJA'S) of Fort Knox

Preparing for the opening of " Law Day"
Preparing for the opening of " Law Day"

Charlie Corbet sharing the history of Holt's siblings
Charlie Corbet sharing the history of Holt's siblings



 

40TH TJAG, Charles Pede, The Judge Advocate General of the United States Army visits historic Holt Home April 22!


LTG Charles Pede, 4OTH TJAG, The Judge Advocate General of the United States Army JAG Corps

40TH TJAG, Charles Pede, The Judge Advocate General of the United States Army


Finally, after numerous letters, E-mails, updates, and phone calls the request for General Charles Pede to visit Holt Home was granted if waved by a magic wand held by COL Lance Turlington, The Staff Judge Advocate for the Recruiting Command at Fort Knox who made it happen.

Since July 14, 2017 communication and updates have been sent to the Office of the Judge Advocate General at the Pentagon in Washington D.C. The key strength for the Holt project and restoration of the home has been through perseverance.

With little notice to prepare for the General’s visit The Friends of the Holt Home were flexible and adaptable for this unique opportunity for the Top Lawyer of over 10,000 Army JAGS to visit the home of the only TJAG’s home to be restored. The sights and sounds of that day will long be remembered by those who were blessed to see history being made.

The minivan procession down KY 144 was the leader of the first parade of what will soon become progress to make the historic Holt Home become a National meeting place for all the Army Judge Advocates across the nation. Distinguished Army JAGS from Fort Knox accompanied General Pede. Upon arriving the best of the Army walked slowly taking in the breath-taking view of the historic Holt grounds and Home having a strong national history connected to the Army JAGS.

The Friends were positioned on the restored front porch and Susan Dyer, President of the group awaited General Pede on the sidewalk. General Pede approached with a handshake as Mrs. Dyer said, “We have waited since July 14, 2017 to meet you!! General Pede responded, “I should have come sooner!”

During the tour of the home the General asked numerous times if certain items were original. And was answered with, “Everything you see is original.” Numerous times the national meeting place was mentioned on the tour, and General Pede was the third TJAG to visit. He was also told the 38th TJAG General Dana K. Chipman thinks Holt Home would be perfect.

The tour of the Holt Family Cemetery was given by Charlie Corbett who shared the distinguished sibling’s lives and how the Civil War shattered many family members and their lives that were never the same after the Civil War. He also told of the family’s contributions to society.

General Pede standing on the steps of the Holt Home addressed fourteen Colonels from Fort Knox, the Friends of the Holt Home, and the local media. The General talked about distinguished TJAG HOLT and how he had vision for the 1860’s. The modern-day Army JAG Corps Holt helped develop is currently, working on something similar Holt did in the 1860’s for today’s JAGS. And how Holt did much for our nation!

TJAG Pede complemented the leadership of the Friends, and asked personally, how the Friends became a group, and asked the President, Susan Dyer why she got involved. The highlight of the day was when General Pede standing in the center of the west wing front door with everyone is silence hearing General Pede say, “HOME!” Mrs. Dyer looked directly at General Pede saying, “You called this home!” TJAG Pede said, “I am home!” Beautiful music for the Friends to hear as the 40th TJAG will retire in September and the TJAGS to follow will know of the promise made by General Flora D. Darpino, the 39th Judge Advocate General, who in May of 2017 PROMISED The Judge Advocate General’s Office will work on getting the future TJAGs, to try and come and visit the historic Holt Home once during their four year term because of what Joseph Holt did for the United States Army JAG Corps and tribute to one of their own!

The Friends had smiles on their faces as General Pede shared, “The United States Army JAG Corps has never had an individual or a group of people to ever do anything like this for the JAG Corps.”

The General was very appreciative and enjoyed viewing exterior and interior restoration in progress, to be completed by September 25, 2021, the Holt Family Cemetery, and the beautiful grounds. TJAG Pede was much impressed will all the hard work, and success of this special place important to the strong history of the United States Army JAG Corps.

And with ending remarks COL Lance Turlington, asked Charlie Corbet and Susan Dyer to stand beside General Pede and receive a medal given by him. The Handshake Medal with the 3 stars of his rank will be pressed in hearts with the thousands of hours spent to save our history in Breckinridge County, and an extra medal given to be placed in the JAG Room of the Holt Home for all the Judge Advocates who will travel here to learn more about our special, national hero, Joseph Holt who means much to our community, Kentucky, and the United States Army JAG Corps!

Photo credit to Judy Nottingham


Distinguished JAGS from Fort Knox ascending on the Holt grounds with a surprise visit from General Charles Pede!
Distinguished JAGS from Fort Knox ascending on the Holt grounds with a surprise visit from General Charles Pede!

JAGS on the West Wing staircase in the historic Holt Home
JAGS on the West Wing staircase in the historic Holt Home

Susan Dyer giving a tour of the first restored bedroom to the Army JAGS
Susan Dyer giving a tour of the first restored bedroom to the Army JAGS

Susan Dyer receiving a Hand Shake medal from General Pede
Susan Dyer receiving a Hand Shake medal from General Pede

Charlie Corbett receiving a Hand Shake medal from General Pede
Charlie Corbett receiving a Hand Shake medal from General Pede

General Pede with Judge Kelly Easton, a Friends' member, Breckinridge County Judge Executive Maurice Lucas and a distinguished JAG from Fort Knox
General Pede with Judge Kelly Easton, a Friends' member, Breckinridge County Judge Executive Maurice Lucas and a distinguished JAG from Fort Knox

Fort Knox JAGS with General Pede, 40TH TJAG, center of door way with Susan Dyer, President, Friends of the Holt Home, Inc.
Fort Knox JAGS with General Pede, 40TH TJAG, center of door way with Susan Dyer, President, Friends of the Holt Home, Inc.

Deserving Moments with the 40th TJAG of the United States Army!!!!! TJAG Pede's visit will be an inspiration to the TJAGS who follow!!!!!!
Deserving Moments with the 40th TJAG of the United States Army!!!!! TJAG Pede's visit will be an inspiration to the TJAGS who follow!!!!!!

What a beautiful home for the JAGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!( Under Restoration!)
What a beautiful home for the JAGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!( Under Restoration!)

Breckinridge County Judge Executive Maurice Lucas and Darla Wethington, Friends' member by Holt's monuments!
Breckinridge County Judge Executive Maurice Lucas and Darla Wethington, Friends' member by Holt's monuments!

History was made as General Pede said, " No one or any group of people have ever done anything like this for the United States Army JAG Corps!"
History was made as General Pede said, " No one or any group of people have ever done anything like this for the United States Army JAG Corps!"

Army JAGS in the Holt Family Cemetery learning about the siblings of Holt!
Army JAGS in the Holt Family Cemetery learning about the siblings of Holt!

Charlie Corbett giving a tour of the Holt Family Cemetery. Radar testing was done by the University of Kentucky in 2013, paid for by the Friends of the Holt Home, Inc
Charlie Corbett giving a tour of the Holt Family Cemetery. Radar testing was done by the University of Kentucky in 2013, paid for by the Friends of the Holt Home, Inc

The Fort Knox JAGS with Friends of the Holt Home, and General Pede standing under the door way.
The Fort Knox JAGS with Friends of the Holt Home, and General Pede standing under the door way.

COL Lance Turlington, The Staff Judge Advocate, Recruiting Command at Fort Knox, who made General Pede's visit happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Friends salute you COL Turlington!!!!!!!!!!!
COL Lance Turlington, The Staff Judge Advocate, Recruiting Command at Fort Knox, who made General Pede's visit happen!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Friends salute you COL Turlington!!!!!!!!!!!

Finally, General Pede took time from his demanding schedule to visit Judge Joseph Holt's home!!!! And it was appreciated so much!!!!!!!
Finally, General Pede took time from his demanding schedule to visit Judge Joseph Holt's home!!!! And it was appreciated so much!!!!!!!

General Pede enjoyed his tour of the beautiful Home with more to come on September 25 with interior restoration!
General Pede enjoyed his tour of the beautiful Home with more to come on September 25 with interior restoration!


 

12th Annual Holt Home Community Day
September 26th, 2020
A Priceless Legacy, the Holt Home

 The largest crowd on record came, lines formed all day as visitors waited patiently to view the west wing restoration by Ray Stojak, volunteer, and the 3rd phase of restoration at the12th Annual Holt Home Community Day September 26, 2020.

Clouds covered the sky at Holt, KY as guests ascended on the grounds.

United States Army JAGS in numerous numbers, along with patrons of history dressed in masks viewed the home that is no longer forgotten, no longer silent, an irreplaceable home of the people, where strong patriotic musical songs were performed.

Flora, Holt’s statue given to his mother stood marveling as the beauty was renewed by Charlie Corbett and a team of others.

The new play, “ You Can’t Go Home Again”, written by Ed Ford of Richmond, directed by Warren Greer and performed by COL Lance Turlington, Larry Elliott and Judge Kelly Easton was a walk in history as a conversation back in time. The three actors portrayed Union Gen. George Meade, President Abraham Lincoln, and Judge Joseph Holt, respectively.

Today, the Holt Mansion started its new life as the people’s home of interest with the renovated interior taking place as a pride of the community. Distinguished speakers speaking heart felt words of success, promises of new hope, and key- speaker, the honorable Dr. John A. Roush 20th president of Centre College delivered a message of greatness of Lincoln and Holt and their ability of providing great inspiration from great leaders!

The presence of ten Army JAGS and families honoring one of their own, the most ever, partnering their gifts of selflessness honoring Joseph Holt as salutes were held high with respect. And visitors felt a tearful precession during the wreath-laying honoring the legacy of the one who developed the JAG Corps as they listened to the playing of Taps.

Dancers, singers, bands, and re-enactors were joyful in the period. And the afternoon continued with the beloved sport of the era of 1860’s baseball. Visitors took all the sights and sounds of families enjoying the kindness of others, and the patience of waiting to see the beauty that has returned to the area’s national treasure!

Highlights of the day was the work of the Friends of the Holt Home, all volunteers who completed another successful community day, as the home is touching hearts in the heart felt work of selflessness as a gift for the future!

Jason Flood tribute
Baseball player was a major contributor

Jason Flood, a key member of the Community Day baseball game, fell ill and died following Saturday’s game casting a sad mood of the festivities of the day.

Jason is remembered as one who loved the game of baseball and worked hard to make sure Holt Field was prepared and ready for the event he so loved.

All those who knew Jason acknowledged his appreciation of the Holt Home and the history behind it. He will be greatly missed.


Highlights from the 12th Annual Holt Home Community Day

September 26, 2020

 


LTC Rich Gorini, COL Lance Turlington, and LYC Nathan Bankson
- photo credit to Colonel Lance Turlington, Staff Judge Advocate, Recruiting Command at Fort Knox. 


photo credit to Colonel Lance Turlington, Staff Judge Advocate, Recruiting Command at Fort Knox.
  

 
photo credit to Colonel Lance Turlington, Staff Judge Advocate, Recruiting Command at Fort Knox.  


photo credit to Colonel Lance Turlington, Staff Judge Advocate, Recruiting Command at Fort Knox. 


photo credit to Colonel Lance Turlington, Staff Judge Advocate, Recruiting Command at Fort Knox. 


photo credit to Colonel Lance Turlington, Staff Judge Advocate, Recruiting Command at Fort Knox. 


photo credit to Colonel Lance Turlington, Staff Judge Advocate, Recruiting Command at Fort Knox. 


photo credit to Colonel Lance Turlington, Staff Judge Advocate, Recruiting Command at Fort Knox. 





The following photographs of the Holt Home 12th Annual Community Day are credited to Judy Nottingham

 

 

 

 

 

 


The above photographs of the Holt Home 12th Annual Community Day are credited to Judy Nottingham



 

Plan your Visit to MG Joseph Holt’s Home


The Judge Joseph Holt Home is the only home in America of an Army TJAG to be restored! The remaining 19.5 acres of the Holt grounds was once a vibrant plantation of 10,000 acres in northern Breckinridge county!

When visitors explore the Judge Joseph Holt Home on September 26 at the 12th Annual Holt Home Community Day they will enjoy walking where President Abraham Lincoln’s lawyer walked! During the 1860’s everyone in America knew the name Joseph Holt. And for almost one hundred- and fifty-years Holt was a forgotten man. Today, in 2020 Holt’s own community are remembering him once again as the restoration of his home and legacy have been reclaimed! This amazing home is a restoration and rebirth for this community-based project!

If you come this year you will be amazed with the restoration of the iron works, and historic front porch along with new public restrooms, warming kitchen, twin entrances restored along with breathtaking interior restoration by Volunteer, Ray Stojak, Breckinridge Countian approved by the KY Heritage Council who has restored a second floor bedroom, and joining setting room on the west wing along with foyer restoration from the 3-1st floor including the beauteous spiral staircase. Ray’s work has been possible with the assistance of the Friends of the Holt Home gaining sponsors to pay $1,500 for all needed supplies to restore one room at a time!

New this year: Presidential restoration for our most famous son, MG Joseph Holt who as a young man was a gifted scholar who showcased his master of debating at Centre College. And the Friends of the Holt Home are honored to have the distinguished Dr. John Roush 20th President of Centre College as the key-note speaker and his gracious wife Susie who viewed the historic Holt Home at the beginning of the Holt project before the work of 17 grants ,now returning to see the amazing accomplishments, success, and grand progress. Along with other important speakers!

Guests will enjoy a new-one act play written by Ed Ford of Richmond, KY, You Can’t Go Home Again performed by Larry Elliott portraying President Lincoln, Judge Kelly Easton, playing Judge Holt and COL Lance Turlington, Staff Judge Advocate of the Recruiting Command at Fort Knox performing as General Meade. Special events include contemporary music by the Guilderoy Byrne Band, a Silent Auction, firing of the cannon by the 14th Kentucky Light Artillery, Vintage Baseball game (visitors please bring lawn chairs!) . Presidential wreath-laying ceremony at Holt’s monument by COL Jerrett Dunlap, SJA Corps, LTC Nathan Bankson, Staff Judge Advocate for Cadet Command & Fort Knox, and LTC Rich Gorini. Master of Ceremonies, Hardin County Circuit Judge Kelly M. Easton, Patriotic Music, Breckinridge County High School Wind Ensemble, Period Music, KY Home Guard Band, Jubal’s Academy ensemble, re-enactors, Berea Festival Dancers, local performs, and the latest book about the mansion’s restoration- Joseph Holt Mansion: Saving and Restoring the Home of Lincoln’s Judge Advocate General- will be available by local author Susan B. Dyer, and tours of the majestic Show Place of Breckinridge County!

Donations are much appreciated and needed as the Friends of the Holt Home, Inc. work hard to present the yearly event for the public free of charge.

Social Distancing will be practiced, and hand sanitizer will be available.

Explore history, respect the past, give a gift for the future and be entertained from MG Joseph Holt’s home, President Abraham Lincoln’s lawyer, era of the 1860’s, from 9:00-a.m. 2:00 p.m. CDT. Your invited by the Friends of the Holt Home and the Breckinridge County Fiscal Court, owner of the home through a grant from the Kentucky Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial (Legacy Project) and lifetime partners the Kentucky Heritage Council/ State Preservation Office.

The historic Holt Home is located at 6205 KY Highway 144, Hardinsburg, KY 40143.Call ( 270)-756-0268, (270) 756- 2269, or ( 270) 756-2573 or visit www.jholt-houseky.org or Save the Judge Joseph Holt Home on Face Book.


  

Dr. John RoushThe Friends of the Holt Home, Inc, and Breckinridge County Fiscal Court are honored to present the distinguished Key-Note Speaker for the 12th Annual Holt Home Community Day,
 Dr.John Roush 20th President of Centre College
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A grand view from MG Joseph Holt's setting room , second floor, west wing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
A grand view from MG Joseph Holt's setting room , second floor, west wing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

West wing, second floor 1st room restored in the historic Holt Home by Volunteer, Ray Stojak! The Friends of the Holt Home have gained Sponsors to continue interior restoration.  Sponsors are paying for the paint, plaster, and needed supplies and will be recognized at the 12th Annual Holt Home  Community Day!!! More beautiful in person!!!!!!!
West wing, second floor 1st room restored in the historic Holt Home by Volunteer, Ray Stojak! The Friends of the Holt Home have gained Sponsors to continue interior restoration. Sponsors are paying for the paint, plaster, and needed supplies and will be recognized at the 12th Annual Holt Home Community Day!!! More beautiful in person!!!!!!!

Explore an American experience of architecture and history!
Explore an American experience of architecture and history! Be present on September 26 to see a dramatic restoration!!!!

An endangered legacy of MG Joseph Holt and his historic home on the National Register of Historic Paces is becoming presidential as Holt’s own community with a heartfelt call have guarded  their heritage!
An endangered legacy of MG Joseph Holt and his historic home on the National Register of Historic Paces is becoming presidential as Holt’s own community with a heartfelt call have guarded their heritage! More coming soon about this year’s 12th Annual Holt Home Community Day, Saturday, September 26, 9:00- 2:00 p.m. CDT. Remember to save the date!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Explore an American experience of beautiful architecture and important history!
Explore an American experience of beautiful architecture and important history!

Workers preparing for the much anticipated 12 Annual Holt Home Community Day
Workers preparing for the much anticipated 12th Annual Holt Home Community Day


  

Fort Knox JAG Corps initiates
service for Holt Home grounds


A request to perform service work for the grounds of the Judge Joseph Holt Home was granted to the Fort Knox Recruiting Command of the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps.

The service approval enabled the Fort Knox group to begin its efforts by filling in an old cistern on the home’s grounds. The work was performed May 8 and included a reception sponsored by the Friends of the Holt Home, Inc.

Capt. Charles Allen, judge advocate trial council for U.S. Army Recruiting Command at Fort Knox Command, initiated the request following the 10th Annual Holt Community Day in September. The request also included the establishment at the home of professional development for the command.

Final approval was given by the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Preservation office for work on the grounds.

Professional development activities were held with The Friends group who provided a history of the home, its national significance, the 15 grants received, and partnerships with individuals and organizations.

Capt. Allen pointed out that he emphasized to the JAG corps that the Holt Home was a special place with an important national history. He noted that he had learned about the annual community day on Facebook and had attended several such events with his wife. That led him to “share with others the integrity of this fine home.” COL Lance B. Turlington and LTC Michael Cusack were impressed with the virgin timber in the Holt Home, and with the community-based project!

Lee Bramblett of WXBC was on site and interviewed COL Lance Turlington, and Susan B. Dyer, President of the Friends, and taped a video of Charlie Corbet, Friends’ member giving a tour of the Holt Family Cemetery, who provided a detailed history of Holt’s siblings and how the family was divided by the Civil War. A tour of the home was conducted by Friends President, Susan Dyer, who also gave updates on the restoration project.

Judge Maurice Lucas and the Breckinridge County Fiscal Court provided materials for the cistern project. 

 

Photos courtesy of U.S. Army Recruiting Command at Fort Knox


Fort Knox Recruiting Command of the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps
 Traded Uniforms for Service Work to the Holt grounds!


Charlie Allen, Sam Moore, Lance Turlington, Maurice Lucas


Working on the Cistern


Charlie Corbett, Friend's member


COL Lance Turlington and Friend's President, Susan Dyer


Links to Previous Events and Articles

Highlights from Holt Home Community Day 2013

Highlights From Holt Home Communty Day 2014

Highlights From Holt Home Communty Day 2015

Highlights From Holt Home Community Day 2016

Highlights From Holt Home Communty Day 2017 

Highlights From Holt Home Communty Day 2018 

Highlights From Holt Home Communty Day 2019

 

Holt Home Hosts Indiana National Guard JAGS Onsite Training - March 5th, 2016

Hardinsburg & Irvington Elementary Schools learned about President Lincoln’s connection with Judge Joseph Holt - April 12, 2016

Renovation at its Best: Judge Joseph Holt Home has new look for 8th Annual Community Day - August,2016

What an Exciting Time for the Judge Joseph Holt Home - August, 2016

Activities, Renovation Work Progressing on Holt Home - August,2016

Fort Knox, Pentagon Honor Holt Friends, Susan Dyer for Development of Home - April 20, 2017

New Event for the 9th Annual Holt Home Community Day - August, 2017

Stunning Progress Made on Holt Home, on Display at 9th Annual Community Day - August, 2017

2nd Annual Student Day at the Historic Judge Joseph Holt Home

Partnering Helps get out the word of the work behind the Holt project! And the effort that continues!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  

      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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