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


 Preserving 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.

     What is so remarkable is visitors come yearly to see progress. And the amazing factor is the historic Holt Home is the people’s home. If you come on September 24 you can view four grants in use.
What has happened since last year? The grounds have been meticulously cleaned, original sidewalks unearthed, the historic Holt fence restored, front windows completely renovated, back stair tower replica rebuilt, back windows restored along with the purchase of new picnic tables gracing the grounds, and a security system installed.

Visitors will be able to tour the antebellum showplace from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. CDT and see a number of special events, including a Civil War baseball game with local players, music by period bands, local singers, cannon firing, infantry demonstrations, an appearance by President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln- as portrayed by Larry and Mary Elliott, the Kentucky History Mobile, and wreath-laying ceremony by The Fort Knox Office of the Staff Judge Advocate.
David Morgan

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 or by calling 270/756-2269 or 270/756/2573.

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The Holt Home is located at 6205 Highway 144 in Hardinsburg.
 Additional information is available at
or by calling 270-756-2269, 270-756-0268 or 270-756-2573.

Visit the 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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