With the 2nd $500,000
Transportation Enhancement Grant and tax credits from the KY
Heritage Council State Preservation Office, work is now
occurring with public restrooms, a newly built warming kitchen
for events at the Holt Home complementing the historic
structure. The twin entrances are being restored off site,
along with restoration and a duplicate of the original front
porch being reconstructed with a new metal roof, and the iron
works restored bringing back the face of this beautiful lady!
Friends of the Holt Home have gained a wonderful volunteer,
Ray Stojak, who moved from Chicago and is a Breckinridge
Countian volunteering to restore, paint and bring the
beautiful interior rooms that could have cost $15,000 per room
if Mr. Stojak was charging for his talent and services. To do
this work with Ray Stojak, Volunteer, the Friends are seeking
sponsors of $1,500 a room to pay for supplies and paint to
restore one room of the interior at a time.
Friends of the Holt Home's first sponsor is Senator Steve
Meredith, 2nd sponsor is Representative Dean Schamore, and we
have two more sponsors whom have made pledges. The names of
sponsors including individuals, organizations or businesses
will be recognized at this year's 12 Annual Holt Home
Community Day , September 26, 2020 and inside the Holt Home.
If you or your organization or business would like to sponsor
restoration of one interior room please contact Susan B. Dyer,
President ,Friends of the Holt Home, Inc. at
email@example.com. Being a sponsor is tax
deductible as the Friends of the Holt Home is a 501 (c)3
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
Restored Staircase, Plaster and
finish work by Volunteer Ray Stojak.
Plaster Restoration and painted
interior of the historic Holt Home with work of Volunteer, Ray
Stojak, Master of Plaster, Paint and Art design.
continues bringing back the historic iron works of MG Joseph
Holt's home in rural Breckinridge County. Diligent effort is
being given by workers making sure the iron works are
Ray Stojak, left volunteer for
Friends of the Holt Home, Inc. foyer, stairway restoration
west wing, and Charlie Corbett, one of the Directors of the
Friends of the Holt Home.
Majestic work with preparing iron
works, priming, and painting!
Ray Stojak pictured on 2nd floor,
west wing of the Holt Home.
Ray Stojak, Volunteer admires the
hard work of bringing back the beautiful 2nd floor hallway.
The west wing spiral stairway will
be breathtaking when finished.
Kentucky State Senator Steve
Meredith viewing the 1st bedroom he has sponsored to be
restored by Ray Stojak.
Ray Stojak, Volunteer, Sherry
Stith, Friends' treasure and Becky Brown, Friends' member and
Executive Director of the Breckinridge County Chamber viewing
the preservation of our sacred trust, (The Judge Joseph Holt
Visitors at the 12th Annual Holt
Home Community Day on September 26, 2020 will view finished
work of complete restoration of the unique iron works and
front porch of the Holt Home listed on the National Register
of Historic Places.
Work of 17 grants (bringing back) a
Restoration specialist protecting
what was an endangered home on Preservation Kentucky's Most
Endangered List in 2006. However, with heartfelt call to
safeguard our heritage of the Judge Joseph Holt Home, the only
home of a United States Army TJAG that is being restored
before it vanished! Much more to view and admire on Saturday,
September 26. 2020!!!! Save the date to see what wonderful
restoration is occurring with our strong history of MG Joseph
Holt's legacy, his home and what this special place means to
Breckinridge County, Kentucky, the United States Army JAGS and
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear plays key role
providing transportation enhancement grants
Thanks to Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, restoration of the
Joseph Holt Home is now within reach.
A $500,000 Transportation Enhancement grant was received at
the 7th Annual Holt Home Community Day September 26,
That, in addition to a similar $500,000 grant presented
in 2011, provides funds required for restoring the circa 1850
mansion to its original antebellum status.
The Breckinridge County Fiscal Court and the Friends of the
Holt Home, Inc., are most appreciative of the Governor and his
role in making the financial gifts possible.
Leaders of the two Breckinridge organizations point out
that the grants will be instrumental in providing the historic
facility for local, state and national uses.
Gov. Beshear toured the Holt Home in 2011.
Restoration of Phase 1 for the historic Judge Joseph Holt Home
began with Lanham Brothers of Owensboro in 2014 with the
$500,000 Transportation Enhancement Grant awarded in September
of 2011. The Breckinridge County Fiscal Court entered into
agreement with GRW of Lexington, KY.
Breckinridge County Fiscal Court approved and applied for a
Transportation Enhancement Grant for Phase II in 2012.
The Phase II Transportation Enhancement grant of
$500,000.00 received on September 26, 2015 had been pending
since 2012. The
County was awarded a $150,000 Save America’s Treasures grant
and has recently been matched. A $20,000 grant was awarded to
the Friends of the Holt Home, Inc. from the Brown-Forman
Corporation in 2013.
And in 2015 the Friends of the Holt Home, Inc. won a
grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation. This
project of a site use plan for the Holt Home has been funded
in part by a grant from the Kentucky Board Fund of the
National Trust for Historic Preservation.