HGTV looking for interesting homes in Sulphur Springs

Production co. seeks properties with unique and interesting histories for 9th season of ‘If These Walls Could Talk’

By BRUCE ALSOBROOK | News-Telegram Managing Editor

Jan 10, 2008 - There’s no real money in it, and you’ll likely not end up being a star, but someone in Sulphur Springs could end up finding their 15 minutes — actually, closer to 22 minutes - of fame on Home & Garden TV.

Photo from www.hgtv.com

An episode of “If These Walls Could Talk” that aired Jan. 8 featured keepsakes and a wedding album found in a house in Navasota.

An HGTV representative contacted the News-Telegram today to announce Sulphur Springs is one of the cities the show is eyeing for potential subjects in its ninth season.

"HGTV will be filming in parts of North and Central Texas, and we're looking for homes with intriguing pasts and unusual stories in the Sulphur Springs area," said Sara Adams, researcher with High Noon Productions in Denver, Colo., the company that produces "If These Walls Could Talk."

"I'm trying to find some help in locating homeowners who we might be able to feature on our show," Adams said. "We are hoping to schedule a shoot date in the coming months, but need to have our homeowners chosen within the next week or two."

According to an HGTV press release, the ninth season of the weekly series, which airs Sundays on HGTV,  kicks off with new homeowners who make surprising historical discoveries about their homes as they explore and restore them. A lucky few will be amazed to learn that the historic artifacts they’ve discovered are worth a fortune when the “If Walls Could Talk” appraiser drops by for a look.

Each half-hour episode features homeowners from across the country. Recent stories, according to the press release, include:

n A husband and wife turn a turn-of-the-century bank into their dream home. In the process they find the original bank vault full of safety deposit boxes that are still locked.

n A Colorado couple find books, clothing and jewelry in their new home. The clues add up to the story of a best-selling author who lived in the house until she disappeared.

n A New York bachelor buys a hundred-year-old mansion and makes a chilling discovery in the basement— his home sweet home used to be a funeral home!

The series, which premiered in September of 1998, has aired more than 200 episodes.

Homeowners who would like to be considered for the program should contact Sara Adams by phone at 303-712-3125, or via e-mail at SAdams@highnoonentertainment.com

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