About



Welcome! If you love historic buildings, antiquing, and the simplicities of rural living as much as I do, then you are going to love Restoring the Roost! I am excited to share my journey with you and I hope you find it an informative and inspiring resource for preserving the past in your home. 


photo by Orange Sheep Photography


I have always loved history and old things; there is definitely something special about objects that still retain their function and beauty after decades of use. Following my passion for the historic, I earned a B.A. in American Studies and followed with my M.A. in History with a concentration in Historic Preservation. Since graduate school, I've worked at multiple historic sites, served as an assistant curator at a state-run history museum, worked as a historic preservation specialist for a cultural resources management program, and am currently an architectural historian for a state agency. I've also done some consulting work on the side: preparing National Register nominations, local landmark applications, conducting archival research, and preparing historic furnishings reports for organizations and individuals.  


In addition to being a diary for recording our restoration and home decorating journey, Restoring the Roost provides tips to owners of historic cottages, practical advice for simple country living, and 'never-a-dull-moment' news from the poultry pen.   


For more information on historic preservation, restoration, preservation tax credits, and technical hands-on preservation techniques, visit http://www.preservationnation.org/ orwww.nps.gov/history/preservation.htm. Feel free to contact me and thanks for visiting!




All photography seen on "Restoring the Roost" unless noted otherwise is taken my husband, BJ, or by me. If you are interested in using our photography, please contact me at restoringtheroost@gmail.com for permission and policies. Thank you.