Stepheny Attends a Free Choral Concert -Saturday AM – May 11th – Edgemont Historic District

800 Tarboro Street
Built by D.J. Rose

Preservation Rocky Mount had a walking tour this morning in the Edgemont Historic District and I had a fantasy come true. I stayed behind in a comfortable wicker chair on the front porch of the D.J. Rose house belonging to Jean Bailey at 800 Tarboro St. I’ve written about this special home several times. It was all mine for an hour!

Wrap around sound: a chorus of vocal birds sang with abandonment. Several solo parts were cooed by morning doves. There was a problem without a conductor to keep time and cue the various parts when it was their turn. You know how an orchestra sounds when warming up before a performance; all the instruments playing their own notes? The bird concert went mad with sound but without sheet music. Still, it was glorious. I even managed to fall asleep missing some of the performance. I must speak to someone next time to prevent the whoosh of tires on pavement that dashed across the Tarboro Street stage.

The walking tour returned, full of a new appreciation for this special location, and with knowledge about roof lines and architectural styles. Lovely people with an appreciation for the story of the neighborhood, its people, it’s future. I didn’t say anything about the free choral concert they missed or reveling on the beautiful front porch with a short nap. Instead, I gathered the experience to take with me to revisit in my mind when needed. There is a matching wicker chair and if you promise not to talk, I’ll invite you to join me should there be another occasion.

These Gorgeous Photographs by Carl Lewis

About Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin grew up in Evanston, IL. and is a graduate of the University of Kentucky. She is an author of two novels: The Greening of a Heart and Facing East. She lives, writes and gardens in NC. Visit her: Stephenyhoughtlin.com
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4 Responses to Stepheny Attends a Free Choral Concert -Saturday AM – May 11th – Edgemont Historic District

  1. Rodd says:

    Ahhh . . .spring in the south. Nothing like it–what a perfect place to nap! Cheers.

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  2. M Taylor says:

    Well Stepheny, another connection for us… my daughter tried to buy this house two years ago but they couldn’t agree on the price. It’s a lovely home. I would have loved to see my grand babies growing up there!

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  3. historianm@aol.com says:

    lovely Column!

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