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Wilson Residents Proud Of Latest Porch Press

Posted November 19, 2002

— A new book that features the best porches in America hits close to home for

Wilson

residents.

"The American Porch" lists Key West, Fla., Charleston, S.C., Boston, Mass. and Wilson as having some of the best places to sit down and unwind.

"Everybody wants to sit on the porch and chat, and of course they like to get carry out food and come and sit and eat outside," said Betty Spitz.

Spitz, better known around Wilson as "Miss Betty", moved from New Jersey 13 years ago and turned a 19th century house into a bed and breakfast.

"I just think [porches are] more popular down here," she said. "I don't think they're as popular up north. Being a Yankee, what can I say?"

A few years ago, the national press had a few laughs at Wilson's expense after an effort to keep indoor furniture off front porches.

The porches are back in the news again, but this time Wilson is glad for the publicity.

"It's kind of ironic that now we're noted for having porches, when at one time we were noted for having couches on porches," Realtor Mike Eatmon said. "We have a lot of historic homes here in Wilson. We've been recognized many times in the past. Nash Street, at one time, was ranked one of the top 10 most beautiful streets in the country."

It may not be the first recognition for Wilson, but it is one more that the city will gladly accept.

"The American Porch" was written by Michael Dolan, a freelance journalist who has also created documentaries for National Geographic and the Discovery Channel.

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