6:00 – 8:30 pm | Registration Required: 248.524.3570

Price per tour: $10/THS Member, $15/Non-member
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Explore the hearth and soul of historic homes this fall! Tour 19th and early 20th century structures to learn all about the people who lived in them, what the area was like “back then,”  and how such buildings are preserved and maintained by institutions or private individuals.

September 18: Niles Barnard House

This most-recently relocated of the Village’s historic buildings has many fascinating stories. Built in 1823 by one of Troy’s first pioneer settlers, Johnson Niles, it was simultaneously a family home and tavern. By the 1950s, the family of Judge Norman Barnard lived in the home, and it was in their living room that the City of Troy was platted. For the first time, visitors are invited to go inside the Niles Barnard House (stair-climbing required) and learn about its history and restoration. Program also features historic tavern talk with an archaeology spin.

This program features an interview-style conversation between Fred Barnard, who grew up in the Niles Barnard House and Troy Historic Village Executive Director Loraine Campbell. Fred is the author of A House with Two Tales, which tells the story of the Niles family and the Barnard family. Fred will sign and sell copies of his book on September 18.

Since the Niles family used their family home as a business, this program also includes a historic tavern talk with an archaeology spin, led by Village Historic Interpreter Alex Konieczny.

Professor Nancy Villa Bryk, Director of Eastern Michigan University’s Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, has consulted with the Troy Historical Society regarding the interior furnishing of the Niles Barnard House. She will share with guests the type of research she did, the recommendations that she made, and considerations particular to this building.

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