Made on Holt Home,
on Display at Annual Community Day
"The Holt Home is our
compass, a link to the past and our gift to the future!"
Come and join us!!!!
Preservation at its best is
reflected in the Judge Joseph Holt home that can be
viewed at the 9th
Annual Holt Community Day Sept. 23, 2017.
The Hardinsburg mansion of President Lincoln’s Judge
Advocate General will be open to the public during
community day activities from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.CDT.
Since last year, the home’s exterior brick has been
cleaned, the historic fence completed and architects
have planned restoration work for the front porch, iron
works, front twin entrances and the home’s interior
work. Plans also are being confirmed to make the Holt
Home a national meeting location for the U.S. Army’s
Judge Advocate General units across the nation.
One of the new events at this fall’s community day will
be a performance by the Berea Festival Dancers, a youth
group conducting Civil War era dances in period
costumes. The young people, ages 11-18, also will invite
viewers to participate in dances as their program
concludes. Director Jennifer Rose Escobar leads the
group in performances throughout Kentucky, the nation
Other activities include a Civil War baseball game,
music by period bands and singing groups, infantry
demonstrations and canon firing, and an appearance by
President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Larry
and Mary Elliott.
The Guilderoy Byrne Band, the Kentucky Home Guard Band
and the Breckinridge County Concert Band are scheduled
to perform as are the Breckinridge County Chamber
Col. James Bagwell, staff judge advocate for the Army’s
Cadet Command and Fort Knox, will be the keynote speaker
at 11 a.m. and Judge Kelly Easton, portraying Judge
Joseph Holt, will serve as master of ceremonies.
Judge Holt, Breckinridge County’s most famous son, was
appointed Judge Advocate General by President Lincoln
and prosecuted the presidents’ accused assassins in the
Lincoln Conspiracy Trial. Judge Holt built his home in
the 1850s during his time of national service in
Washington City from 1857-1875.
The Holt Home and surrounding 19.5 acres were acquired
by Breckinridge County Fiscal Court in 2008. The
6,225-foot mansion is listed on the National Register of
Historic Places and continues to undergo extensive
restoration. Restoration is expected to be completed in
Event admission and parking are free and open to the
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The Holt Home is
located at 6205 Highway 144 in Hardinsburg.
information is available at
or by calling 270-756-2269,
270-756-0268 or 270-756-2573.
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
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