Kentucky Heritage Council
Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Marcheta Sparrow presents $500,000 toward stabilization and rehabilitation of the Holt House
FRANKFORT, Ky. – A check for $500,000 toward preservation of the Holt House in Breckinridge County was presented to the county by Marcheta Sparrow, Secretary of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, during the third-annual community day and open house Saturday. The federal Transportation Enhancement funds will go toward exterior stabilization of the roof and windows, the first phase of the rehabilitation project.
Noting that she was acting on behalf of Gov. Steve Beshear, Sec. Sparrow said the project reflects many goals of the cabinet. “Historic preservation will always be a vital tool for heritage tourism in Kentucky, just as on the local level, the Holt House has the potential to become a vital tool for heritage tourism in Breckinridge County.”
Gov. Beshear visited the house in June, and “he was very pleased with the work that had been done and especially with the local support of this preservation project,” said Sec. Sparrow. The check was presented to Judge-Executive Maurice Lucas and State Sen. Carroll Gibson.
Holt (1807-1894) was a prominent attorney with a long career in the national spotlight. He served several posts under President James Buchanan and was appointed the nation’s first judge advocate general by President Abraham Lincoln, a role in which he subsequently presided over the trial of the Lincoln conspirators following the president’s assassination.
The house was constructed during this time of national service, with the original portion dating to the 1850s. Today the site is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and is noted for its significance in the areas of national history, politics and architecture. It is owned by Breckinridge County Fiscal Court with support from the nonprofit organization Friends of the Holt House, a committee of the Breckinridge County Historical Society, which is working with the community to plan the home’s future.
The home is also a featured site along the Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail, a scenic route across central Kentucky made up of historic sites that in some way shaped the Lincoln legacy and influenced the president throughout his life. Its preservation is an official Legacy Project of the Kentucky Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.
The site is north of Hardinsburg along KY144, six miles from the intersection with U.S. 60 east of Cloverport. For more, call 270-756-0268, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://www.heritage.ky.gov/partnerships/holthouse.htm.
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An agency of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, the Kentucky Heritage Council / State Historic Preservation Office is responsible for the identification, protection and preservation of prehistoric resources and historic buildings, sites and cultural resources throughout the Commonwealth, in partnership with other state and federal agencies, local communities and interested citizens. This mission is integral to making communities more livable and has a far-ranging impact on issues as diverse as economic development, jobs creation, affordable housing, tourism, community revitalization, environmental conservation and quality of life. www.heritage.ky.gov