By David Rogers. June 16, 2019. BLOWING ROCK, NC — An estimated 50 town residents, business owners and elected officials gathered in front of the Edgewood Cottage late Sunday afternoon to formally celebrate the Town of Blowing Rock’s renaming of Chestnut Street to Ginny Stevens Lane in honor of the late town civic leader.
COVER IMAGE: The street sign is bedecked for the occasion. All photographic images by David Rogers for Blowing Rock News except where noted.
Arranged by the “Friends of Ginny Stevens” informally organized group, the ceremony was brief, but meaningful — “It was probably a lot like Ginny would have preferred,” event chair Marcia Quinn said to Blowing Rock News afterward while walking to the Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall for punch and cookies (a Stevens favorite.
Local resident and Blowing Rock Historical Society member Cullie Tarleton served as emcee for the dedication ceremonies, offering his own recollections of Stevens’ many contributions to the town and her leadership before passing away on December 6, 2017. One of her passions was preserving many of the historic structures in Town, urging that they be preserved and renovated rather than give way to new development.
Tarleton introduced David Stevens, Ginny’s husband of almost 58 years, who thanked everyone for remembering his bride’s contributions and service to the community. Daughter Leslie Stevens Bullock also spoke, effusive in her appreciation for the outpouring of love for her mother and what she meant to so many in Blowing Rock.
Ginny was born Lydia Virginia Raleigh Storr Atkinson in Chicago. Her granddaughter, Lydia, bears her Ginny’s name and was all smiles while standing for pictures in front of the Ginny Stevens Lane street sign with her grandfather (David Stevens), father (Andy Bullock), and mother (Leslie Bullock).
Leslie Stevens Bullock explained to Blowing Rock News that young Lydia was only about five years old when Ginny passed away in 2017, so had not seen her grandmother in her prime and had not fully formed vivid memories. “I’m sure that every time we visit and she sees the Ginny Stevens Lane street sign, knowing that it was put there to honor her grandmother, many of those memories will come flooding back and be kept alive for her.”
- CLICK HERE for her obituary, published in Blowing Rock News on December 10, 2017
- CLICK HERE — to serve as Grand Marshall for the 2016 4th of July parade
- CLICK HERE — to read about one of Ginny’s favorite events, Blowing Rock’s 127th birthday party and the historical marker program she started
- CLICK HERE — to revisit Ginny’s winning the second Jerry Burns Ambassadorial Award given by the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce
- CLICK HERE — to reflect on another Town event/experience that Ginny Stevens helped get started, the Hometown Harvest Supper
- CLICK HERE — to read about the missing Stoneman’s Raid historical marker and the Historical Society’s efforts (led by Stevens and Tarleton) to retrieve it or get it replaced
- CLICK HERE — to read about Ginny’s outspoken opinions regarding the Mountainleaf development in 2014 meetings of Town Council