Author Archives: Stepheny Forgue Houghtlin

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

Economic Development in Downtown Rocky Mount -The Official Opening of Station Square – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

BEN BRADDOCK WELCOMES YOU TO STATION SQUARE There have been historical accounts of ribbon-cutting ceremonies since the end of the 19th century. City officials and neighboring business owners are invited to help celebrate a new venture. We have all seen … Continue reading

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The Gospel According to Preservation Rocky Mount’s Salvage Store – Preacher Today: Stepheny Houghtlin

Let me hear you say, AMEN, Brothers and Sisters!  I want to thank you for coming today as we gather at 910 Falls Road, a holy place where the past is preserved and the good news of restoration is preached. All … Continue reading

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A Preservation Success – Bellemonte House – Restoration Sublime

You would have loved being with me the other day for a special brunch with the new innkeepers of Bellemonte House. It was a behind the scenes view of a major production just before the curtain rises. There were skilled … Continue reading

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Winston Churchill Comes to Rocky Mount, NC – Happy New Year 2018

Let’s not think of New Year’s Eve as merely a passing occasion we celebrate on December 31st, but as a boundary that we cross that leads to new thinking.  In these early January days, let us reflect on what revitalization means when we refer … Continue reading

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Celebrating a Merry Christmas on Main Street Rocky Mount

    Wishing all of you that meet me on Main Street a blessed Christmas and a New Year filled with your heart’s desires. I look forward to seeing you in January when together there is so much to remember, … Continue reading

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Station Square – Lynell Bynum: Are You Committed to Downtown? – Part 2

“In my opinion, cities have got to be committed to downtown if they are going to save it.   If they aren’t committed, they can’t expect other people to be.”              -Lynell Bynum     … Continue reading

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Telling The Station Square Story – Mr. Lynell Bynum -Part 1

Why would Mr. Lynell Bynum, (1924-2002) decide in the early 1970’s to buy up an entire block of buildings in downtown Rocky Mount NC? How is this connected to real estate investor and general contractor, Ben Braddock, and his business … Continue reading

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