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

Do You SEE What I See? – For Sale – The Gas Station On The Corner of Thomas and Franklin Streets

    Every time I pass by, I slow down and look at a corner Shell gas station that is for sale on Thomas and Franklin streets.  My imagination takes over and a successful restaurant materializes. The reuse of old stations … Continue reading

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Exciting News: Twenty Two Lofts on Main Street – Buildings Saved By Troy Davis

The first time I explored the alley behind Davis Furniture Company I was intrigued and excited to see some renovation had already taken place. It was quite a shock, however, to see the back of two buildings two doors down … Continue reading

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The Artist’s Eye Upon The Emerging Main Street Scene

I’m always interested in watercolor sketches of architecture. I want you to see these prints of several familiar North Carolina cities that are available on Etsy. Soon enough Rocky Mount will warrant a poster. This is a call to our local … Continue reading

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I Brought Something Back From My Trip For You – (Main Street Readers)

You’ll do whatever it takes to get to a granddaughter’s wedding even if it is in Milwaukee in January. My fur coat that hangs out in the back of my closet was delighted to be needed again as in days … Continue reading

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You Can Come Home Again – Erwin Wilde Did – Home To Machaven

Erwin Wilde came home to Machaven last night. A house built in 1907-1908 for her grandmother, and James Hines, her grandfather, a leading businessman, civic leader. H.P.S. Keller was the architect for the 2 1/2-story, Classical Revival style brick dwelling with … Continue reading

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Preservation Rocky Mount Membership Gathers at Machaven Tonight – January 7th

I’m looking forward to this Members Only opportunity: People interested in the preservation of our architectural inventory will be gathering  in this special place that is alive and well again. Machaven: A crown jewell in the community. You may join … Continue reading

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Caring About Old Buildings on Main Street: Mission Impossible – Or Is It?- Part 3

The mission was always found in a phone booth, a vending machine, a parked car or other mundane locations. The tape recording that detailed “your mission, should you choose to accept it,” ended with the chilling warning that in the … Continue reading

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