First, when Maria and Jeff Saperstein moved into their 8,000-square-foot home, they knew they had something special. With crooked chimneys, round rooms and a strange plaque on their roof, the search was on to uncover the stories behind their house. Next, newlyweds Julie and Andrew Kizlinski were bent on buying an older home to restore. Little did they know that an 1884 farmhouse would be the king of all renovation challenges. Then, after years of working in the rat race, Linda and Wes Matchett found the perfect place to relax and call home in Wolfeboro, N.H. But they had no idea what to think when they found tombstones in their yard as well an old door in the attic revealing a stern warning from the past. Finally, Maria and Jeff Saperstein had no idea they could be hiding a fortune — in plain sight. After discovering that the stained-glass windows at the top of their stairs could be authentic Tiffany windows, they are dying to find out what they could be worth.
First, when Jessyca and Greg Golembowski bought a dilapidated 1899 Queen Ann Victorian as a "project," they had no idea the real mission would be uncovering its secret past. With its rich leather wall covering, elaborate fireplaces, ornate chandeliers and massive stained-glass windows, they just knew their house had a tale to tell. Next, when Edwin Calderon purchased a Gothic revival in New York, he didn't know it was hiding a past as dramatic as its fairy-tale architecture. After finding a plaque and some interesting objects down in the basement, he goes on a mission to learn the story behind his house. Then, when Wendy and Gregg Moore purchased their dream home, they had no clue about the history that came with it. After renovation work reveals hidden signatures and graffiti throughout the house, they start to piece the puzzle together. Finally, the Golembowski family spent months rehabbing their old Victorian and discovered many treasures along the way. They have been waiting anxiously to see if they've hit the jackpot. Appraiser Cheri Elliott reveals some stunning values on a unique pedestal sink, sparkling chandeliers and those amazing stained-glass windows.
First, when Denni and Rob Proctor moved into their family's 1865 Gothic revival in Allegan Mich., they thought they knew everything there was to know about the house. So imagine their surprise when they find a mysterious box that ties their home to a famous Civil War general who helped change the course of American history. Next, after discovering a secret chamber in their 1786 Federal Cape-style home, Linda and Dale Straube start digging into the home's history and uncover its scandalous past, along with a stunning link to a U.S. president. Then, it was a find so strange that their realtor told them not to be afraid. When Lisa and Howard Goodman went up to the attic of their 1885 house in Peekskill, N.Y., they got the surprise of a lifetime. Inside their house was another house! After finding a signature on the window and a name on their front steps, the couple learns why another cottage was built in their attic. Finally, appraiser Cherie Elliott takes a look at various items found in the Proctors' house and comes up with some shocking values.
First, innkeepers Janet Matteucci and her husband, David, fell in love with a Georgian revival in Bethlehem, N.H. But it wasn't just its 7,500 square feet that impressed them. The grand estate came with presidential letters, formal gardens and amazing furnishings. Next, when Pat and Doug McKinnon relocated their family from Germany to Denver, they were excited to find a house with old country charm. Little did they know that lurking behind the walls were unexpected stairways, a hidden door and a secret passage. Then, when Jay Brandow moved into an 1872 Italianate Victorian, he was happy just to be able to get to the bottom of the dozen layers of paint. He had no idea that hidden beneath all the paint was a mystery as deep as Michigan's Great Lakes. A mysterious photo leads to the tale of a ship's captain and his family, along with the story of his tragic shipwreck. Finally, it's back to New Hampshire, where the homeowners find out what some of their treasures are worth.
First, when Marcela and Steve Gross moved into their 1805 Federal-style home, they discovered that the past owners had left lots of things behind, including two sets of Victorian chairs and a handmade cabinet. But it was the clues in their barn that helped them learn about an inventor who lived in the house and why their property was known as "Graceland." Next, when Michele and Michael Hills went on a mission to turn an old church into their home in Pittsburgh, they knew they were bound to get a few surprises. They had no idea they would get a full-fledged history lesson in the process. Then, when Mary Beth and Carl Slemp first saw the 10-acre farmhouse in Lapeer Mich., they thought it was very charming. When they found out what was buried underneath, their interest was piqued even more. Finally, we return to the Gross home, where they learn about the well-rounded man who purchased it in 1894. The house stayed in his family for generations, each leaving stuff behind in the barn and attic. Now they are wondering what it's all worth. An expert stops by to give them the shocking news.
First, when Kathy and Joe Spear moved into their 19th-century farmhouse, they had no idea what was in store for them. Joe grew up in the house, so he thought he knew it inside and out. But he was wrong. Soon after the couple moved in, they found tons of antique furniture and a name linking their home to an infamous pirate. Next, after moving into their 1892 Grand Victorian home, Maura and Ed Burgess had no idea that the house was busting at the seams with history. That was until a renovation project turned up medical journals and a strange drain in the middle of their dining-room floor. Then, soon after Mike and Betsy Rutkowski moved into their 200-year-old home in Fairfax, Va., they started to hear stories about a Civil War ghost that haunted their house. They didn't think anything of it until they found a bloodstain on their dining-room floor and a Civil War bullet in their yard. They soon learned their house used to be a makeshift hospital during the war, as well as an Underground Railroad hideout. Finally, when the Spears took over a farmhouse from Joe's parents, they discovered it had been hiding a secret past for over a century. They knew the home was built in 1880 and that the furniture they found dated that far back as well. But is its monetary value worth as much as its historical value? Appraiser Elyse Luray intends to find out.
First, John Gile was on a mission to find his family home, and when he finally found it, he was overwhelmed with the secrets his ancestors left behind. After tracing through his family tree and uncovering a 13-star flag, oil portraits and a rifle, he learns that his home is linked to a Civil War mystery. Next, when Charlotte and Tom Herrmann's dream house finally went on the market, they quickly snatched it up, but as soon as they moved in, they began to take notice of strange medallions and carvings lurking at every corner. Then, when Melissa and Jason Archibald moved into their 1850s home, they had no idea the home's tragic past would be revealed in the woodwork. It wasn't until they started tearing down walls that secrets from the past would come pouring out, including two guns. They learn about a heroic sheriff who once lived in the house and how his death was a huge blow to the entire community. Finally, we return to the home of John Gile, who was thrilled to be able to trace his 300-year-old Colonial back to his ancestors. He was even more excited about finding out if some of their old belongings could be valuable.
Pieces of the Past
First, when a lakefront home in Michigan went on sale, Patti and Ken Bing snatched up the old place and began sprucing it up. They had no idea a collection of left-behind items would pave the way to a very interesting past. In their search for answers, they learn that their home is connected to the biggest zoo in the United States. Next, when Craig Melichar and Mike Masciantonio moved into their 1830s farmhouse, it looked as if the history had been stripped away. But that all changed when they started digging up pieces of the past in their very own backyard. Then, Sue Hamblen knew she wanted an old house to make her own, but she never dreamed about the massive amount of history that would come along with it. After finding a Civil War uniform button and a mysterious trap door leading to a tunnel system, she discovers that her home played a secret role in two different wars! Back at the Bings' place, they discover that their craftsman home was once the site of the largest private zoo in America. But is their zoo of funky furniture also a gold mine? An expert takes a look.
First, when Karen Kiefer bought her old family home in Scottdale, Penn., she didn't know exactly just how much history lived there. That was until she came across some hidden diaries that linked her family to a famous general. Next, Patty and Chris Tait had a lot of renovation work to do when they moved into their 19th-century Greek revival farmhouse. As they were working on the house, they found strange items buried in the yard that uncovered mysteries from the past, including a link to a US president. Then, when they were kids, Amy and Greg Wilson dreamed of living in the 1910 Victorian they now own. As they were fixing it up, they found a bottle of moonshine, license plates and a box of medicine. But imagine their surprise when strangers dropped by and told them they were born in the house. Finally, As Karen Kiefer fixed up her family's 100- year-old home, she found paintings by artists whose works now hang in the Smithsonian, along with a Civil War sword and fixtures that might be true Tiffany lamps.
First, Nancy Sweet and her daughter Susan moved into a mountain-high Colorado dream home when Nancy remarried. They knew it was gorgeous on the inside and out, but when they began to find treasures left behind, they figured out that this place was hiding a mystery. Next, when Lou and Rick Gibson moved into their country cottage in Baltimore, Md., they loved every inch of it — that was until they went into the basement and discovered human bones! And that was just the tip of the iceberg. Then, Nancy Yorinks and Patrick Carter bought their 1892 Victorian in Moscow, Idaho, to suit their growing family, but they had no idea their house was busting at the seams with history. While renovating their kitchen, letters, medical journals, spoons and shoes came pouring out of the walls. Finally, we return to the Sweet house to find out what the rare furnishings, antique rugs and classic car are worth. Appraiser Eron Johnson is on the case.
First, when Bonnie and Stratton Hicky first moved into their 1822 Greek revival in Madison, Ga., they thought they knew the whole story behind their historic home because it had been in their family for generations. But when they started discovering artifacts such as a walnut bedroom set, paintings and even a desk with a secret compartment, their family secrets started revealing themselves. Next, when Margaret and Kevin Hluch decided to take on the challenges of transforming an 1890 commercial building in Frederick, Md., into a creative living and working space, they never imagined they would be uncovering a mystery as well. But when they found a stone engraved, "Pythian Castle, 1921," a book of ceremonies, and an actual stage — complete with lighting — they grew curious about their home's past. Then, Jami and Tom Hollenbaugh thought they had found the perfect home in Irvona, Penn., for raising their family. But when they started discovering hundreds of bricks in the yard of their wooden house, a pair of glasses and a tombstone with the name Thomson on it, they were about to learn they got more than they bargained for. Finally, appraiser Elyse Luray, former auctioneer at the famed Christie's Auction House, visits the Hickys to see if what their finds are worth.
First, when Beth and B.C. Wyatt inherited their 1780s family home in Cynthiana, Ky., they also inherited a house full of clutter. But as they worked their way through each room, they started realizing some of the "clutter" might actually be priceless family heirlooms. Next, when Dale and Mike Heath first laid eyes on this 1849 Greek revival in Wetumpka, Ala., they immediately saw its potential. And when they ventured up to the attic, they discovered a trunk full of stuff, including a bundle of old letters, that told them they were getting a glimpse into the life of an Army ladies' man. Then, William Wakeley and Matt Galla didn't even have to set foot in this century-old home in Pittsburgh to know it was exactly what they were looking for — it only took a picture on a website to know they had to have it. But when they discovered steel beams stamped "Carnegie," a hard hat and various construction signs, it made them curious about their house's past. Finally, back at the Wyatts' house, appraiser Elyse Luray, former auctioneer at the famed Christie's Auction House, stops by to see if the family artifacts hold any monetary value.
First, when Jenny and George Ragsdale got the chance to buy a sprawling 100-year-old estate in Jamestown, N.C., they knew they'd be saving a piece of history. But they had no idea that along with the house, they'd be saving collections that could be priceless. Next, Pattie and Jim Prewitt moved into an old Navasota, Texas, home that had been abandoned and run down for years. As they were working to restore its natural beauty, the couple uncovered paintings, a baby swing and toys, in addition to an old suitcase, filled to the brim with history. Then, when Laurie Dumas got the chance to purchase a 100-year-old Colonial that she had admired for years, she jumped at the opportunity. It wasn't until she married her husband, Jeff, a few years later that the home's history would come to life. Finally, back at the Ragsdale house, more items from past generations surface. Elyse Luray, former appraiser and the famed Christie's Auction House, drops by to take a look at the loot.