Before & After ~ Fyke’s Grove. A wonderful house with a great story!
The William D. and Matilda Fyke House, called Fyke’s Grove, is an excellent example of what can be done to save a historic house with the right combination of knowledge and other resources.
When David and Missy Fyke purchased a property with an abandoned old house in Cedar Hill, TN, a few years ago, they planned to build a new home. Then, Missy’s research showed that the seriously deteriorated house on the property was built by David’s great great grandparents around 1880 and had been the childhood home of his great-grandfather. It was sold out of the family in the 1920s.
Plans for a new house were set aside, and the Fykes undertook the restoration of Fykes Grove. The historic family house was rehabilitated and brought back to life from the failing foundation and termite-infested sills to the rusted-through metal roof. The “after” photo shows the house nearly complete after two years of work. The restored house is ready to house another generation of Fykes.
All the stages of restoration needed to save a house like Fyke Grove are covered in “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”
Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available from the author in our online shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.
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© Scott T. Hanson 2023
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