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Mark your calendars for the 14th Annual Community Day!
September 24, 2022
9:00 am ~ 2:00 pm CDT

The excitement continues with the historic Holt Home!
                                                                                photo by Judy Nottingham

Be a part of the celebration on September 24 at the 14th Annual Holt Home Community Day!!!

Friends of the Holt Home are preserving the important history of Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt and his home while also providing a variety of events during the day opened to the public, free of charge. The historic mansion is unique in Kentucky having two spiral staircases and visitors will enjoy touring the interior of the historic Holt Home where reproduction chandeliers now grace the elegant restored rooms along with beautiful oriental rugs that set the tone of gorgeous floor coverings, the soul of the rooms used in the 19th century well–to do homes.
Discover the beauty of an American treasure entertained from the home of MG Joseph Holt, a locally raised national figure, known best as “Lincoln’s TJAG,” era of the 1860’s. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. CDT you are invited by the Friends of the Holt Home, Inc., and the Breckinridge County Fiscal Court.

Plan your visit and enjoy this wonderful reclaimed historical treasure while exploring a Civil War Baseball game, a silent auction, participate in the presidential wreath-laying ceremony at MG Holt’s monument by The Fort Knox Army JAGS, a visit from President Lincoln, period music, dancing, bands, and cannon firing along with re-enactors and distinguished speakers.

Spend the day with family and friends in a relaxing atmosphere with the growing and immense afforded by President Lincoln adding to this important part of our American history and national connection. Donations are much appreciated as restoration and interpretation continues, where once again Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt’s home will become a showcase for a Kentuckian who worked on behalf of President Lincoln in support of his dreams of peace and progress for our nation’s future.

The Judge Joseph Holt Home, 6205 KY Highway 144, Hardinsburg, KY 40143 Call (270)756-0268, (270)756-2269, (270) 756-2573 or visit www.jholt-houseky.org or Find us on Face Book as Friends of the Holt Home

Visit our Events Page for recent events at the Holt Home

The once forgotten Holt Home is now making its mark on history known. This house was once home to Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt, who served in the administration of Presidents James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, and Ulysses Grant. The Holt Home is a historical treasure located in rural Breckinridge County, Kentucky and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Joseph Holt Home, a three-story brick structure, is located on State Highway 144 one mile west of Addison, Kentucky. The home is situated in a grove of trees on a plain, with the Ohio River in view to the north. The western two-thirds of the home dates from 1850, with the east wing added in the 1870’s. The home has many features of an Italianate villa.

Over the windows are cast iron lintels: flat lintels on the first story, pedimented over shallow arches on the second floor. An unusual feature is the Palladian windows in the gables, which have continuous entablatures that curve up into central round arches, and the sills seem clasped into the wall. The Palladian windows are not only more plastic that is, sculptural than the other openings, but they seem out of scale They are diminutive but rich, while the windows are long and attenuated with skimpy ornamentation.

Another peculiar feature is the way the dormers break the bracketed cornice. They seem to perform a double function as attic windows (often between paired brackets within the cornice itself) and dormers on the roof. Over five bays of the front extends a very finely ornamented cast iron porch with a projecting central bay.

The walls of the house are 14" thick. The ground floor has three 20' by 22' rooms with 14' ceilings. Another 20' by 22' room used as a kitchen and dining room extends off the back of the house. The second floor has three 20' by 22' rooms with 12' ceilings. The third floor is the same only with 10' ceilings. Between each of the three rooms on each floor there is a 12' hallway with a winding staircase that extends to all three levels.

The rear ell has porches on both sides and there is a two-story porch with exterior staircase on the back of the main block.

Through the relentless efforts of Susan B. Dyer and The Friends of the Holt Home, the historical importance of Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt and the Holt Home is being made well known to people all across Breckinridge County, Kentucky and across the nation.  The home is currently undergoing a complete restoration.

 David Morgan"The Judge Joseph Holt House is the only remaining home of Judge Joseph Holt that tells the complete story of the Lincoln Conspiracy Trial" 

David Morgan
Retired Executive Director 
Kentucky Heritage Council State Preservation Office

  The Judge Joseph Holt Home and Holt Chapel were placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1976 


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