Holt Home Hosts Indiana National Guard JAGS Onsite Training
March 5, 2016
The Guards Onsite Training program consisted of a training session partly in Bloomington, Ind., because of heavy fog and then later at the Holt Home, arriving in three Blackhawk helicopters. Following an official welcome, a luncheon was given in honor for the 26 JAGS, including the Indiana Supreme Court Justice Stephen David. There was a short meeting in the classroom set up in the historic home for the JAGS, a tour given by Susan Dyer - President of the Friends of the Holt Home, and Interviews by area media.
Media covered the landing of the three Blackhawk helicopters flying from the Guards 2002 South Holt Road location.
The home of Judge Holt, Abraham Lincoln’s top legal adviser, is undergoing exterior renovation that will lead to complete restoration of the Italianate structure built around 1850. Holt’s most memorable role as Lincoln’s JAG occurred when he presided over the 1865 trial of the Lincoln assassination conspirators.
Friends of the Holt Home, Inc. received a grant from the National Trust of Historic Preservation in 2015 for a site-use plan of what the Holt Home will become. The home will have local, state, and national re-uses. The non-profit organization is diligently working to make the Holt Home a national meeting place for Army JAGS across the nation.
The home and surrounding 19.5 acres, were acquired by the Breckinridge County Fiscal Court in 2008 through grants from the Kentucky Lincoln Bicentennial placed in the Kentucky Heritage Council/ State Historic Preservation Office. The 6,225 square-foot mansion is listed on the National Register of Historic places and is undergoing extensive renovation. The Friends of the Holt Home, Inc. coordinate fund-raising efforts and events for the property and work in a cooperative agreement with Breckinridge County government.