Susan Stafford Kelly was raised in Rutherfordton. She attended UNC-Chapel Hill and earned a Master of Fine Arts from Warren Wilson College. She is the author of Carolina Classics, a collection of essays that have appeared in Our State, and five novels: How Close We Come, Even Now, The Last of Something, Now You Know, and By Accident. Susan has three grown children and lives in Greensboro with her husband, Sterling.
After a career spent designing hotels around the world, Patterson Wilson took on her biggest project yet. She’s determined to remind people why her hometown — so important to our nation’s history — is special in its own right.
In 1936, a young man from Lexington left the orphanage that raised him and built a legacy from the ground up. His company — appropriately called National — keeps women around the country dressed in comfort, and his story continues to inspire.
On “The Avenue,” the beating heart of Roanoke Rapids, a shop called Rivertown keeps reinventing itself, delivering just what its customers are looking for — including, simply, a comforting spot to spend an afternoon.