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Before & After ~ Federal Style Hope Plantation

Before & After ~ Federal style Hope Plantation. This dramatic restoration shows Hope Plantation, an 1803 house near Windsor, NC. It illustrates well what is possible with a thoughtful and careful approach to restoring historic houses.

Such houses are now recognized as the work of skilled enslaved craftsmen in many cases, monuments to those who built them as much as those who owned them.

After a long period of neglect, the house was restored as a museum between 1965 and 1972. It is an exceptionally high-style residence for its rural Eastern North Carolina location in the early 19th century. Furnished with period pieces based on a 1818 estate inventory, it is open to the public for tours. More information can be found at: https://www.hopeplantation.org/.

Most restoration projects are not this dramatic but are no less meaningful to the owners and community. No matter what the scope of your project, you can gain useful inspiration and information in “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

The award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book is available in bookstores and from online retailers.

Signed and personalized copies are available directly from the author n our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

Learn more about historic architectural styles in “A Field Guide to American Houses,” the classic by Virginia Savage, available in our shop along with select restoration and preservation titles by other authors. Save with our multi-book combo packs!

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