More often than not people get into historic preservation by accident. Sometimes through a home purchase, others through a travel or cultural experience, but rarely as a profession. I recently wrote an article on about this, check it out by clicking on the link below.
Five Tips for the Accidental Preservationist by Christine Dalton on Medium. Recently, I read an article in Southern Living magazine about Sidney Collins Freedman, a 22-year old who restored her family’s 1832 antebellum mansion. The home had been in her family for seven generations, but was unfortunately in disrepair and its fate was in question. Sidney had grown up in the home and had many fond memories, but had no construction or historic preservation experience. She realized that if she didn’t do something about the situation, the home would be sold and possibly demolished. So, she rolled up her sleeves and devoted herself to restoring the home.