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Sept. 26, 2022

Episode #82: Restoring Your Historic House with Scott Hanson + A Relocation Disagreement

In today’s episode, Stacy and John Rodgers disagree during Q&A when a listener asks if she should abandon city life for a big old house in the country. And then later, Stacy chats with Scott Hanson, author of Restoring Your Historic House, The...

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Sept. 12, 2022

Episode #81: Brad's Cheap Old Lake House + Understanding Efflorescence

In today's episode, Stacy visits the Silver Lake Institute, a small lake cottage community with a fascinating religious camp past. Brad and Stacy discuss his latest project house and the evolving history of the institute. Note: Brad's first house, a...

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July 18, 2022

Episode #80: Preserving Cottages in Old Towne Orange

In today's episode, Danny Moody from Pro Historical joins Stacy for listener Q&A. They discuss why so many old houses have aluminum-wrapped exterior trim and whether removing it is a good or bad idea. And later, Stacy chats with Hugh Siler. Hugh...

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July 4, 2022

Episode #79: Live From Florida

In today's episode, live from Florida, Stacy chats with ten talented professionals involved in old house restoration. They discuss the mainstream shift they're seeing towards preservation and restoration and how they can continue to support positive...

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June 20, 2022

Episode #78: Joe Thornton - Village Thatcher

In today's episode, Stacy chats with Joe Thornton, a 2nd generation Master Thatcher from the charming Cotswolds region of England. Roof thatching is a trade that has been around for thousands of years.  Also, Stacy and Jason Lamb discuss built-in...

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June 6, 2022

Episode #77: How Inheriting an Old House Changed Emily's Life

In today’s episode, Stacy and Alex talk about ways to get your DIY groove back when you’re feeling overwhelmed. And later, Emily Heller talks about how inheriting a dilapidated old house changed the trajectory of her life, personal and...

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May 23, 2022

Episode #76: Meet Artisan Woodworker Paul Kenworthy

In today’s episode, Stacy chats with artisan woodworker Paul Kenworthy. They discuss Paul’s design process and what motivates and inspires his craft.  Also, Stacy and architect Katelyn Parker offer solutions for a listener struggling with a...

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May 9, 2022

Episode #75: Historic District Pros and Cons

In today’s episode, Lindsay Jones from Blind Eye Restoration joins Stacy for Q&A. They've got bathroom remodeling on their minds as they talk about identifying poor-quality work and other problems lurking behind finished walls and floors. And...

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April 25, 2022

Episode #74: Ask a Painter - Nick Slavik

In today’s episode, Stacy and Alex discuss how they would handle the renovation of their old houses if money were no object. And later, Stacy chats with Nick Slavik, owner of the Nick Slavik Painting and Restoration company and the host of a weekly...

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April 11, 2022

Episode #73: Amateur Archaeology at The Boghouse

In today's episode, you'll meet Melissa & Matt Dunphy. Melissa and Matt are privy diggers, amateur archaeologists, and hosts of The Boghouse Podcast. Also, during Q&A, Alex offers some excellent advice about updating the heating and cooling...

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About the Host

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Stacy launched True Tales From Old Houses in 2017 to connect and share stories with old house lovers and devoted DIYers. The goal of the show has always been equal parts entertainment and education. Since the launch, she has become a trusted voice in the old house community. True Tales From Old Houses was named one of "11 Great Podcasts for Preservation Fans" by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. (

Stacy's second job is restoring and preserving her historic home built in the 1880s. Since 2014, she has been documenting the process on the Blake Hill House blog. She has a deep fondness for original wood windows, and educating people about the importance of keeping them is one of her passions.

Related to podcasting, she is a devoted theatre nerd with many years of public speaking and amateur acting experience.