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The Joseph Holt Home – Hardinsburg Kentucky

Hardin County

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 may well date from 1850, but the east wing and trim seem more characteristic of the 1870s. The home has many features of an Italianate villa.

The slave quarters that were located behind the kitchen have been removed. The house has been vacant for several years and has deteriorated.

Through the relentless efforts of Susan B. Dyer to bring awareness of the historical importance of Judge Joseph Holt and the Holt Home to people all across Breckinridge County, Kentucky and all across the nation the home will be undergoing a complete restoration.

The Holt Home was purchased by the Breckinridge County Fiscal Court in 2008 with funding secured from the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and the Kentucky Heritage Council. The restoration project volunteers have secured grants to go toward stabilization and restoration of the home. The project was awarded a  $150,000 Save America’s Treasurers Grant and a $500,000 Transportation Enhancement Grant in 2012. 

This house was once home to Judge Joseph Holt, one of the most prominent people in all of Kentucky.  Holt was Commissioner of Patents, Postmaster General and Secretary of War in President Buchanan’s Administration, 1857-1861. Lincoln named him Judge Advocate General of the Union army in 1862. Holt prosecuted conspirators in the assassination of Lincoln, 1865.

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