About Stepheny

Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin lives in Nashville, NC where she writes and gardens. Moving from Chapel Hill/Durham, NC in May 2013, she soon made her first visit to downtown Rocky Mount. Delighted with the streetscape, and beautiful architecture along the Main street and adjacent areas, she was disturbed that so many of these amazing buildings sat silent and neglected.  She found herself imagining the writing that led to the creation of her blog, Main Street Rocky Mount. Though she lives in Nashville, Rocky Mount is the marker she uses when telling friends where she now lives. She shops the local businesses and restaurants and is a member of  St. Andrews Episcopal Church. She is a board member of Preservation Rocky Mount and Twin Counties Hall of Fame. She is a past president of Rocky Mount Garden Club and wrote their newsletter for several years. She is a new member of the Optimist Club and a past member of Tar River Orchestra & Chorus (TROC) League.

Stepheny, an author of two novels, has written a new novel soon to be announced. She publishes a second blog about writing, books, gardening, and has taken her readers on five-day blog tours to Chicago, Charleston and the Cotswolds. If you have an interest in these types of subjects, she invites you to Visit her at Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin.

Hoping to help promote this area, she has launched Main Street Rocky Mount. Please Follow this site, which is built upon the theme, honoring the past, building a future. Feel free to share this link with your Facebook friends and on other social media sites, to help spread Stepheny’s positive message. A proud moment for Stepheny and the blog came in March 2016 when she was named a Main Street Champion along with others across the State that promote Main Street.

 

6 Responses to About Stepheny

  1. LouAnn Haddock says:

    Hello Stepheny! My dad grew up in Nash County in the early 1900s, although our family was transplanted to Greenville, NC (just down the road) in the early 1950s. In my recent family research for membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution, I discovered my Patriot, James Drake, had a direct connection to the “Old Nash” apple brandy of which you wrote in one of your 1995 Main Street pieces about Rocky Mount and the railroad. Currently, I am writing my own “fiction” piece based on an incident involving both my ancestor and the brandy. Wonder if during your research you were able to gain more details on anything related to the Old Nash? Thanks for your consideration.I look forward to hearing back from you.
    LouAnn Dickens Haddock
    Greenville, NC

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    • Hi LouAnn: For well over a month I have been out of commission with a cough that won’t go away. Would love to help you by asking others who might know about “Old Nash.” but for now can only acknowledge the project that you have written about. Let me get back to you when I am feeling more myself, hopefully with some help. You must come over and let’s have lunch and wander around together. in the meantime keep researching the era, clothes, music, background for your writing. One of my favorite things about writing a novel. Hold the thought, I’ll be back in touch. Stepheny

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      • Tim Pridgen says:

        What would you like to know about Old Nash? My family made gallons of it, along with old fashion Corn Liquor. Most families here in Nash County made it to subsidize their income because the agriculture base in this area did not meet the needs of “share cropper” families. They had to rely on something to make ends meet and since corn and apples were abundant here, they were put to good use. I can give you some recipes if you are interested.

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      • Thank you, Tim: I have copied and pasted your comment to LouAnn Haddock and I am sure it will be useful. You were great to take the time. Thank you. Hope the two of you get to talk.

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    • Here is information I hope will help. This comment is from Tim Pridgen tapridgen@aol.com

      What would you like to know about Old Nash? My family made gallons of it, along with old fashion Corn Liquor. Most families here in Nash County made it to subsidize their income because the agriculture base in this area did not meet the needs of “share cropper” families. They had to rely on something to make ends meet and since corn and apples were abundant here, they were put to good use. I can give you some recipes if you are interested.

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  2. Robert "Bruce" Sharer says:

    I arrived in Rocky Mount at the age of 16 in 1960 with my family. I walked to RMSHS from Sycamore Street. I remember passing several grand homes/mansions along the way. The Mims house and the Battle house to name two. I worked in downtown Rocky Mount the summer of 1961 before going off to college. What I saw over the next fifteen years before I left Rocky Mount was a failure of foresight in the leaders of the town. Also, the demise of downtown and the Edgecombe side of town can be attributed to the failure of some leaders to understand the long term cost of continued segregation. I enjoyed living in Rocky Mount, and I have many friends still there. I visit once or twice a year because of events at North Carolina Wesleyan College where I graduated. Recently, I have been happy to see progress being made in the revitalization of downtown. Rocky Mount is a jewel in Eastern North Carolina, and deserves to be returned to its’ former greatness.

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