What is deemed historic, and worth saving, often depends on whose eyes you are looking through. I like the definition “old and worth the trouble,” when applied to structures that are under consideration: should they be preserved or torn down? With each individual decision, we need to ask ourselves what part the structure has played in Rocky Mount’s story. Those buildings with a tangible past, that are preserved and restored, create opportunities for the future.
Tap @ 1918 is a fine example of the intrinsic value that old buildings have in maintaining Rocky Mount’s heritage while building a future. Originally the house, now a new restaurant, was used as a community center for Mill residents. The house became a residence for Mr. Frye, one of the Mill managers. Later the house was used as the Personnel and Purchasing offices. In the 1940’s a health clinic was added. Now the story of this Millhouse continues on.
Built 100 years ago, owners, Lou Reda and Justin Gaines, have named their new restaurant, Tap @ 1918. There is something reassuring about old buildings that hold our memories while meeting the needs of today’s community. Old buildings with materials like brick (ahh!) and heart pine, speak to tourists and longtime residents alike. Successful community revivals attract people because of their preservation efforts. The entire Mill project embraces historic preservation and has acted accordingly.
I am grateful to Lou Reda who took time from a busy day to show my friend, Polly Warner, and myself the fabulous restoration for the restaurant. My photographs don’t do the interiors justice, but the results are fabulous. There are beautiful old floors, original windows, interesting lighting, lovely paint choices and the porches are spectacular. I have yet to have a meal but am in awe of how this project turned out.
In my imagination, they are all there….the mill workers of the past, and their families, and the executives who looked out for everyone and everything. They are now joined by Capital Broadcasting and a staff of talented, creative people who will be remembered for their part in the reimagining of Rocky Mount Mills. The Mill project has fostered further investment in the community, is providing jobs and at the other Mill venues, safe and welcoming places to gather. The restored Mill Village houses offer needed up to code housing. The residents are returning to a village-way of life that foster close neighborhoods with people looking out for one another. We owe Capital Broadcasting our ‘forever-gratitude’ for believing in Rocky Mount’s revitalization efforts; I call it taking a chance on love! Congratulations to Tap @ 1918 and Rocky Mount Mills for this fantastic repurposing of an old building with a great future.
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Tap 1918 is such a beautiful place to eat Also eating on the veranda is soo….breast taking food is outstanding we must take a evening there at night the Mill is like a city out of another 💃🏼🌺
Looking forward to a meal on the veranda. What a wonderful addition to the mill scene and to the life of the community. Thanks, Mae for joining my on Main Street.
Thanks for your help and liking the post. A lot of fun to research and write.
On Mon, Apr 9, 2018, 9:05 AM Main Street Rocky Mount wrote:
> Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin posted: ” What is deemed historic, and worth > saving, often depends on whose eyes you are looking through. I like the > definition “old and worth the trouble,” when applied to structures that are > under consideration: should they be preserved or torn down? With eac” >
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A special place on the Rocky Mount scene that is expanding day by day. Thanks, Jane for meeting me on Main Street.