This winter, cozy up with a warm beverage and real-life tales of historic restoration! Join us inside 1837 Old Troy Church at the Troy Historic Village for a brand new series. Our presenters share their own stories of the hazards, surprises, philosophies, and rewards that come with breathing new life into historic homes, right here in metro-Detroit.

Programs take place at Troy Historic Village (60 W. Wattles Road) at 7:00 pm, inside Old Troy Church. 

January 16: 1850s Farmhouse – 7pm

Kevin & Susan Lindsey share a love of history and a gorgeous 1853 farmhouse in Troy. Learn how they restored their home, from lead removal to a physical search of county tax rolls, and obtaining a copy of the 1823 property title signed by President James Monroe. See how vintage photographs, Gothic revivalist Andrew Jackson Downing, and the rules of historic preservation influenced their design choices.

(SOLD OUT) BONUS! January 19: 1850s Farmhouse Tour (10AM – 12pm tour)

Kevin & Susan take guests through their historic 1850s home, which they restored room-by-room over the course of nearly thirty years. Tour will also include the barn and a peak at the smokehouse, weather-permitting. This event is now sold out.  Call 248-524-3570 to be added to the waiting list.  

February 7: Cool Communities – 7pm  

Are they blight awaiting the wrecking ball or can a ramshackle house or crumbling street front become the heart of a new and vibrant neighborhood? Historic preservation architects Gene Hopkins and Tamara Burns will share their philosophy of historic restoration as a creative path to rebuilding and enhancing a community. Then, they’ll ask attendees to look through an architect’s lens and as a group envision a new future for an old structure.

March 14: Field School – 7pm

Graduate students in Eastern Michigan University’s Historic Preservation Program bring laptops and toolboxes to class. Professor Nancy Villa Bryk, who directs the program, will provide an overview of this nationally acclaimed hands-on curriculum and take us on a virtual tour of EMU “field school” projects including historic interior and exteriors like Tower Cottage at Cranbrook Educational Community.

Price per program:$3/Troy Historical Society Member; $5/Non-member; FREE/ Students with school ID. Register in advance at 248-524-3570.

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