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.