Restoration Stories

Short stories celebrating the restoration and repair of family heirlooms, antiques and the joy that comes from making the old, new again.

A Fire-Breathing Legend

March 3, 2016

The world’s most powerful passenger steam locomotive roars back to life, then home to Roanoke, Virginia.

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Ranger of the Lost Art : Restoring National Park Posters

December 2, 2015

This former National Park Service ranger turned a chance discovery into a mission to recover the past—one poster at a time.

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This Restored Antique Sleigh Resulted in Unforgettable Experiences

December 2, 2015

Dash through the snow and revisit Christmases past in a vintage one-horse open sleigh.

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Fire Lookout Tower Becoming Go-To Park Destination

October 23, 2014

When it comes to vacation rentals, historic fire lookout towers offer a unique way to truly get away from it all.

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Saving the Stencil House

August 25, 2014

The Tennessee Stencil House is on its way to a full restoration.

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Cabin Restoration is a Labor of Love

June 23, 2014

A childhood play place becomes a retirement cabin restoration project.

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Living Symbol of Historic Canada

June 18, 2014

After surviving nearly 300 years—and an Iroquois Indian attack—Quebec’s Therrien House is a living symbol of historic Canada.

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Arkansas’ Thermal Springs Welcome With Warmth

February 19, 2014

Restorative thermal springs gave birth to stately Bathhouse Row in the golden era of “the America Spa.”

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The Spirit Lives On in Chesterfield, Idaho

November 19, 2013

The affection descendants feel for the former Mormon outpost of Chesterfield, Idaho, on the Oregon Trail has revived the historic town’s soul.

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Our Bike’s a TV star!

September 18, 2013

Grandpa Ernie’s high-wheel bike became an overnight sensation—after hanging in the barn for 100 years.

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