“We owe it to each other to tell stories.” – Neil Gaiman
It’s easy to imagine….Parents on the front porch, children playing under the street lights, the heat of the day lifting, cicadas chirping in the trees. Look, there is Polly Reynolds over on South Howell, and Nancy Reynolds living behind the Tulloss brothers, Robert Watson on Western Avenue and Fred Fuller that moved into the Watson house on the corner of Nash and Howell. Billy Easton, Pat Longwell and Jackie Brantley playing on Tillary. What was it like to grow up in Villa Place? A group of ‘kids’ are getting together to talk about who they played with, who their neighbors were, to remember places like the Stankus Soda Shop. On Friday evening, October 20th at 7:00PM, please join us at Braswell School for TALES OF VILLA PLACE. There you will find rockers on a front porch where Polly Reynolds Warner, Emma Lynn Bass Wheeler, Sarah Johnson Tripoli and her Mom Pat, and others, will be telling stories of growing up in Villa Place. There will be time for the audience to add a tale.
This is going to be a special time for neighbors, friends, realtors, investors looking at a great location a few blocks walk from downtown, for everyone, to enjoy this special two-day event. This is a gathering to celebrate the architectural and historic roots of Villa Place while celebrating the 150th anniversary of the City of Rocky Mount. There will be folks to introduce and thank, but the night is about story-telling. If you prefer, on Friday evening, you can make your $5.00 donation, which will help defray costs, and pick up your lovely colored tour booklet featuring six homes and additional information. OR at the starting place for the house and walking tour on Saturday, Oct. 21 from 1-4. The tour begins at 320 S. Pearl St.
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