Why Historic American Homes?
America's old houses are national treasures. Unique and imperiled, they tell the story of the America's past and deserve to be preserved for her future. We founded the Society for Historic American Homes in 2011 to work to inspire America to own historic homes, as well as provide historic homeowners with the tools and knowledge for sound stewardship. It's also critical to support the trades - those preservation experts who care as much about historic homes as we do!
We believe our Society is desperately needed in the historic preservation landscape. Interest in old homes has steadily declined since national interest peaked in the several decades immediately following Rockefeller's investment in Colonial Williamsburg (spawning the Colonial Revival period), but we believe that a grass roots approach to cultivating the passion for historic homes will lead to a resurgence. The Society for Historic American Homes was founded on the belief that every homeowner and business person can make a difference.
Our members range from average homeowners who live in a home built before 1945 to properties on the National Register to historic home enthusiasts. Both public and private homes and gardens are welcome. Suppliers and craftsmen who cater to the historic homeowner are also welcome to join.
In order to preserve America's treasures for generations to come, the Society for Historic American Homes shall represent the interests of owners of historic homes and gardens to advocate for a favorable fiscal and economic climate in which to restore and maintain their properties; the Society shall provide education to its members and the public on historic preservation; and the Society shall provide a forum for preservation authorities and members to share knowledge.