BLOWING ROCK — Nine months after being delayed due to a hurricane, the dedication of Ginny Stevens Lane was finally celebrated by a crowd of family members and friends during a ceremony on Sunday, June 16.
The street honors Virginia “Ginny” Stevens, who died in December 2018 at the age of 82. Stevens was known for her tireless work to preserve and promote Blowing Rock’s history through the Blowing Rock Historical Society.
Cullie Tarleton, who was a friend of Stevens, conducted the ceremony. Tarleton introduced Ginny’s family, including Stevens’ husband, David, as well as her daughter, Leslie Stevens Bullock, and her husband, Andy, and their daughter, Lydia Virginia Linmei Bullock.
“She did it all out of love of Blowing Rock,” Leslie Bullock said.
Tarleton said that Stevens insisted that the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum include a history component. That history gallery on the second floor is now called the Stevens Gallery.
The Edgewood Cottage reconstruction was done using much of the original lumber and board, Tarleton said, due to Stevens pushing for it.
“It’s altogether fitting that the street running in front of the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum and along this side of Edgewood Cottage be renamed in Ginny’s honor as a lasting, permanent way to honor her work,” Tarleton said.