Restoration Stories

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

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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A Touch of Grace on Whidbey Island

May 15, 2013

Whidbey Island farmers saved their land and way of life for generations to come with farmland preservation efforts that are still in place today.

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Restoring Antique Farm Tools

March 7, 2013

John Maloney’s collection of antique farm equipment proves everything old can be new again.

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Prairie Preserved by Community Pride

February 21, 2013

Community shares the joy of restoring a miraculous little piece of America’s Great Prairie.

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Thanking the Civilian Conservation Corps

January 23, 2013

A reader thanks the men whose can-do attitude helped build our nation’s parks.

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Restoring Antiques and Classic Cars

December 17, 2012

Short story recounting how an Ohio man used his handy skills to restore over 100 cars and countless antiques.

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The Red Truck

October 25, 2012

This ’46 Chevy was loved by his grandpa, and years later Robbie would begin restoration on it himself.

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Restoring a Housebarn

August 27, 2012

Country’s staff descends on a historic Wisconsin housebarn for a day of hard labor and fun.

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