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Breckinridge County

Joseph Holt Home | Hardinsburg, KY

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.

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A Breckinridge County native, Joseph Holt (1807-1894) was a famous Kentuckian who had a long career in the national spotlight. He was a prominent lawyer who served as Commissioner of Patents (1857), Postmaster General (1859) and Secretary of War (1860) under President James Buchanan.

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Our most popular event is community day. Dancers, singers, bands, and re-enactors were joyful in the period. And the afternoon continues with the beloved sport of the era of 1860’s baseball. Visitors took all the sights and sounds of families enjoying the kindness of others.

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The Holt Home and surrounding 19.5 acres were acquired by Breckinridge County Fiscal Court in 2008. The 6,225-square-foot mansion listed on the National Register of Historic Places has been renovated to reflect the time period to really transport visitor's into Holt's lifestyle.

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Upcoming Events

The Joseph Holt Home hosts events each year, with many open to the public. To see a full list of upcoming events including Community Day, click the button below!


Lincoln's Legacy

Holt achieved national prominence serving in the administration of President Abraham Lincoln, who appointed him the nation's first Judge Advocate General of the United States Army, a position he held from 1862 to 1875. His most memorable role as JAG came following the assassination of President Lincoln, when Holt presided over the trial of the Lincoln assassination conspirators.

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If you're interested in touring the Joseph Holt Home or just looking for more information about this historical treasure, please feel free to contact us today!



6205 Highway 144
Hardinsburg, KY 40143