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October 2020

CityView Magazine - Fayetteville, NC

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16 | October 2020 E ven before Katy Stevick had at last settled on Benjamin Moore's Sabre Gray – aer swathing some 15 wooden boards in various shades of blues and grays to find just the right hue – she could see beyond the peeling pale green exterior of e MacPherson House. She envisioned yoga on the lawn. Live music. Children playing. Sunrises. Wine on the porch. Warm muffins and hot coffee. Happy visitors relaxing in a home away from home. And all of it set against the backdrop of a thriving downtown scene. Welcome to MacPherson House Bed and Breakfast, where history meets hospitality. Katy and Michael Stevick are a military couple with roots in this town that are shallower than many; they've lived here only about eight years. Yet, they've opted to stake a substantial investment in the belief that Fayetteville can be a desirable destination with much to offer to those just passing through or those deciding to stay awhile. at belief hasn't wavered in the face of either a global pandemic, Michael's deployment or the challenges that come with tending to a toddler who is both active and adorable. "Something I've always been passionate about is seeing downtown come to life," Katy Stevick said. "I've always loved the idea of a downtown that the actual community gathers in. When the opportunity came up to be part of this story we were thrilled." e Stevicks closed on the purchase of e MacPherson House in May, buying the home from Dawn and Bill Hester, the couple who had first turned the 1920 structure into a bed and breakfast. e house, named for one of Fayetteville's founding families, was moved years ago from South McPherson Church Road to its current location at 701 Hay Street. "is house found me," Katy Stevick said. With the Hesters' blessing and encouragement – including MacPherson House e Where History Meets Hospitality BY KIM HAST Y PHOTOGRAPHY BY RAUL RUBIERA JR.

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