From its oak-lined streets to its lovely, turn-of-the-century homes, Laurel, Mississippi is a charming and gracious southern town where people sit ontheir front porches in the evenings and everyone knows your name. When new folks move to town, Erin and Ben use artistry, woodworking, community, history and storytelling to welcome them to the neighborhood, help them find a house, and turn it into a home filled with personal collections, comfort and warmth. Home Town was the highest rated pilot in HGTV history drawing 2.2 million viewers for its first episode. The show is now in its third season, with a total of 34 homes restored and 34 families that now call Laurel their hometown.

From its oak-lined streets to its lovely, turn-of-the-century homes, Laurel, Mississippi is a charming and gracious southern town where people sit ontheir front porches in the evenings and everyone knows your name. When new folks move to town, Erin and Ben use artistry, woodworking, community, history and storytelling to welcome them to the neighborhood, help them find a house, and turn it into a home filled with personal collections, comfort and warmth. Home Town was the highest rated pilot in HGTV history drawing 2.2 million viewers for its first episode. The show is now in its third season, with a total of 34 homes restored and 34 families that now call Laurel their hometown.


Season 3

Episode 1: The Watts House

Toy has a new job as school district superintendent, so she’s moving her family inland from the Mississippi coast. Toy and her husband, Cory, need help finding a large home with architectural details and plenty of space for their three kids.

 

Episode 2: The Hogue House

Bill and Julie Hogue are moving from Arizona to Mississippi in a search of a slower pace of life and their forever Home Town. Ben and Erin inject Bill and Julie’s new home with a deluxe kitchen, a classic southern Mississippi porch and find unique ways to highlight the original architecture.

 

Episode 3: The Guay House

Peggy and Patrick vacationed in the South last year from Quebec, Canada and fell in love with the culture and warm weather. They are excited to purchase a vacation home that will one day become their retirement home.

 

Episode 4: The Bolden House

Charles and Jean are newlyweds and local artists looking to buy their first house. They are currently living above Jean’s parent’s garage and they desperately need a home where they can entertain but more importantly call their own. They have an all-in budget of $180,000 and a wish list that includes a master ensuite and a large open kitchen.

 

Episode 4: The Saxton House

As new parents, Ben and Erin are eager to welcome a new pediatrician to town. Grant and Emily fell in love with Laurel and are excited to come back to their home state to settle down and work in a beautiful community. With a $260,000 all-in budget, they want a historical charmer with room to grow and an outdoor space to entertain.

 

Season 2

Episode 1: The Hurt House

Erin and Ben transform an outdated cottage into a dreamy first home for a young couple pursuing small town life.

Episode 2: The Barnes House

Ben and Erin revive a 1970's ranch for a retired schoolteacher who needs enough room for her dozen grandchildren to play.

Episode 3: The James House

Ben and Erin help a family used to spacious country living but yearning for a small town community, create an eclectic home in historic downtown.

Episode 4: The Smith House

Ben and Erin help old friends turn a neglected Italianate house in the heart of the historic district into the romantic family home they've always wanted.

Episode 5: The Ponder House

Ben and Erin revive a 1970's ranch for a retired schoolteacher who needs enough room for her dozen grandchildren to play.


Episode 6: The Rahaim House

Ben and Erin help newlyweds save their grandma's dilapidated farmhouse, but only after picking up the home and moving it to a new location.

Episode 7: The Campbell House

Erin and Ben add color and charm to a dreary cottage for a spirited downtown chef.

 

 

Episode 8: The Burks House

Ben and Erin help young entrepreneurs uncover the natural beauty of a once confused craftsman.


Episode 9: The Trest House

Erin and Ben give an overgrown country house a modern makeover for an artistic couple yearning for more space for their growing family.

Episode 10: The Griffin House

Ben and Erin help a lawyer and a banker who love to entertain transform a massive craftsman with some crazy quirks into a sophisticated, grand home.

 

Season 1

Episode 1: The Robinson House

The Napiers help a military family with three young kids transition to small-town life, renovating a run-down 1917 Craftsman cottage to create a family friendly dream home.

Episode 2: The Warren House

Ben and Erin help a couple of newlyweds, returning home after living in Nashville, bring the charm and sparkle back to a 1913 Craftsman.

Episode 3: The Holloway House

Erin and Ben have their work cut out for them renovating a dilapidated home built in 1900 for an architectural designer and his fiancé moving back to Mississippi from New York.

Episode 4: The Edwards House

Ben and Erin help a young couple with a love of old homes revitalize the charm in a neglected gem built in 1910. The home has an interesting history that dates to World War II.

 

Episode 5: The Rice House

Erin and Ben create a quaint and colorful home, restoring a 1901 cottage-style house for a couple returning to small-town life.

Episode 6: The Mathews House

Ben and Erin Napier help an artist, with a penchant for front porches, find and create a picture-perfect home.

 

Episode 7: The Carson House

Erin and Ben Napier welcome a new military family to town and help them transform a plain, drab box of a house into a home with loads of charm and a European soul.

 

 



Episode 8: The Walker House

Erin and Ben Napier help a returning resident and her family transition from the city lights of Chicago back to small-town living in Mississippi. For their new home, a 1955 bungalow with modern era features is brought back from disrepair and given a fresh and vibrant look.




Episode 9: The Trest House

A family of four has outgrown their loft and is ready to use their all-in budget of $200,000 to move into an family home with a yard. Ben and Erin show the parents two family-friendly houses -- a dated, boxy home with 14 acres of property and a split-level ranch with a problem layout. Ben and Erin then transform the family's pick into the ultimate home with an open concept and outdoor space complete with an arbor.

Episode 10: The Hayes House

After living in Nashville for the last 15 years, this country music singer is looking to put down roots in small town Mississippi. She has set her budget and has provided Ben and Erin with a wish list that includes a historic home with a space for entertaining and a spa-like master bath.

 


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Home Town is a production of HGTV and RTR Media

All photos, descriptions and resource guide links to the homes are property of RTR Media. We are grateful for both HGTV and RTR Media for all the have done for us and our town of Laurel, Mississippi. We hope that Laurel has become a second home for them because they have become like family to us.