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:

A Day in the Life of a Rocky Mount Cheer Leader

The day really got started with lunch at the Prime Smokehouse with a wonderful friend. I LOVE the Smokehouse! (and I love this friend) There is a Prime Rib sandwich on the menu just now and it is delicious. I … Continue reading

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“Historic and Worth the Trouble” – Tap @ 1918 – A Preservation Success Story

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? … Continue reading

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Saving The Shotgun Houses of Rocky Mount – Part 1

We’ve lost our minds, you do know that, right? For instance, I feel strongly about the removal of monuments…. the editing of our history….but I’ve mostly banged my head on the floor like a child getting a lot of mileage … Continue reading

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How Do We Look at Gentrification and Displacement in Rocky Mount, NC? – Part 2

      Click On: It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood, a beautiful day for a neighbor. Would you be mine? Could you be mine?  -Fred Rogers Please, don’t let your notion of Gentrification fall into the category of an unexamined … Continue reading

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How Do We Look at GENTRIFICATION and DISPLACEMENT In Rocky Mount NC? -Part 1

“It’s not about you and your pocket alone; let it be for the collective joy of your entire neighborhood and beyond.” – Israelmore Ayivor Gentrification is a word that means different things to different people. It is a term used … Continue reading

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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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