Community Day 2018
September 22, 2018
Rain failed to dampen the enthusiasm of those attending the 10th Annual Holt Home Community Day.
Despite an all day drizzle, hundreds of visitors turned out Sept. 22 to tour the home and grounds of the Judge Joseph Holt estate.
President Abraham Lincoln, portrayed by Larry Elliott, and Gen. and Mrs. U.S. Grant, portrayed by Curt and Lena Fields, greeted those in attendance. With umbrellas in hand, the crowd purchased Susan Dyer’s new book, The Joseph Holt Mansion: Saving & Restoring the Home of Lincoln’s Judge Advocate General, as a lasting remembrance of the Holt Home project.
Preservationist Stephen Collins, one of the key speakers, focused on the value and historical significance of the home and how it will bring economic development to the community, region and state. And, Col. Andras M. Marton, representing the Pentagon’s Judge Advocate General Office, stressed Judge Holt’s national importance and legacy to the nation and U.S. Army.
Col. Marton also led the wreath-laying ceremony at the cemetery’s Holt Monument as the Breckinridge County High School Band played taps.
The school band, the Guilderoy Byrne Band, Kentucky Home Guard Band, and the Breckinridge County Chamber Singers provided musical entertainment. The Berea Festival Dancers performed period dances, cannon firing was provided throughout the day and the rain failed to halt a period baseball game. The Ninth Michigan Volunteer Infantry provided an authentic military appearance.
Modern Woodman provided a $2,500 matching grant to assist the Holt project and a new National Register plaque and additional cemetery plaques were unveiled. Charlie Corbett of the Friends of the Holt Home spoke about research concerning Judge Holt’s brothers and sister who are not buried in the family plot. Corbett also discussed anticipated work on the next phase of the mansion restoration.