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True Tales From Old Houses is a light-hearted, entertaining, and educational show for lovers of old houses and buildings, DIYers, history buffs, and restoration and preservation junkies. Available bi-weekly, host Stacy Grinsfelder shares personal project updates, listener Q & A, and interviews with engaging old house owners, restoration professionals, and craftspeople.
 
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On today’s show, the first in front of a live audience in beautiful Hudson Valley, New York, Stacy talks to the always hilarious Daniel Kanter about revitalizing his community through the Kingston City Land Bank. Also, Stacy meets her previous co-host Devyn Caldwell, in person for the first time, and they answer the listener question together. PLEA…
 
In today’s episode, you’ll meet artist Leisa Collins. Leisa traveled across the United States, creating paintings of old homes and buildings along the way. She turned her art into a beautiful coffee table book filled with love and reverence for history and architecture. Also, Stacy and Alex share some resources for hard-to-find hardware and supplie…
 
In this episode, Stacy wonders, If you inherit a ghost, do you have to keep it? Guests Denise, Molly, and Brianna, share three different paranormal experiences that pique Stacy's curiosity about that moral conundrum. October is ghost story month, so get ready for some goosebumps. Also, during listener Q&A, Stacy discusses plaster repair basics with…
 
In this episode, Stacy welcomes Architect Keith Stachowiak from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Three years ago, Keith and his wife Elisa bought a former funeral home to convert into their primary residence. Keith's story is the first of two spooky, fun October shows. Also, during listener Q&A, Stacy admits her greatest fears about buying Blake Hill House.…
 
In this episode, Steve Jordan, preservation specialist, author of The Window Sash Bible, and longtime contributing editor to Old House Journal, talks about a lifetime of work in the building trades and offers helpful do-it-yourself advice too. Also, Stacy and Christopher Hewitt share plumbing tips during listener Q&A.…
 
Stacy is away for the long holiday weekend. So, for today's episode, she's sharing previously recorded content that never aired, including more information about writing historic register nominations, the importance of documenting your projects with notes and photos, and what it’s like to be a kid growing up in an old house.…
 
In this episode, Stacy chats with Amy, who now lives in Detroit, Michigan. Amy and her husband relocated to the US from Toronto, Canada, and she talks about the triumphs and hurdles of falling in love with an old house and pursuing homeownership in a new country. Also, during listener Q & A, Stacy and Alex discuss some different ways to acquire DIY…
 
For today's special field trip episode, Stacy travels to historic St. Joseph, Missouri, to visit John Rodgers of Phoenix Preservation. Stacy and John chat about his path to the trades, what he wishes old house owners would stop doing, and the special camaraderie within the old house community. Also, Ashley Goldman and Stacy revisit a past listener …
 
One of the most popular old house questions is, “What color should I paint my house?” Kristine Teno from Teno Interiors is here with some tips and ideas for choosing an exterior paint color you’ll love. Also, Alex from Old Town Home is back to help answer a listener question about the first steps of project planning.…
 
In this episode, Stacy learns about Elfreth's Alley, the nation's oldest residential street, which is located in Philadelphia. She chats with Ted Maust, director of the Elfreth's Alley Museum, and long-time residents of the alley, Rob and Sue Kettell. Also, Bill from Enon Hall is back to help Stacy answer a listener question about adding modern ame…
 
In this episode, Stacy chats with Karyn Norwood, an architectural historian and teacher. Karyn founded the popular Instagram account, What Style is That? an educational and fun side-project where she photographs, identifies, and labels the defining features of old American architecture. Also, Stacy and Ashley discuss when, and if it’s ever ok to “f…
 
In this episode, Stacy asks Natalie Yon-Eriksson from Earth and Flax all the linseed oil paint questions she’s been wondering about over the years. Is it easy to use? How is it made? What are the benefits and limitations of linseed oil paint? Natalie has the answers to all of those questions and plenty more. Also, Stacy and Alex from Old Town Home …
 
In this, the 50th episode, Stacy is on location visiting Robert Goller, historian for the town of Aurora and village of East Aurora, New York. Stacy and Robert discuss methods for researching the history of an old house and how local lore often becomes the last word even when the stories are incorrect. Additionally, Robert talks about the importanc…
 
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