The Lepanto Housing Authority for the elderly, handicapped, and disabled opened its doors in 1981, with Doris (Adamson) Pounders as Executive Director. This HUD low income subsidized housing is located on the old Stevens Property and is well known as Stevens Square.
Any alumni might remember this property as the site of the Old Stave Mill and several old shotgun houses. It was well known years ago as a hopping good time place to be--where all the carnivals set up. It was a place where there was lots of excitement for Lepanto and sometimes even dangerous.
Now it is the home for 58 families. It is located under beautiful trees along the river with lovely landscaped grounds, a community center, park, large pavilion, large gazebo, several smaller pavilions, swings and picnic tables.
Stevens Square Community Center is the site for the senior food program. Seniors eat five meals a week for $10.00 per month.
The Executive Director has numerous free cook-outs, parties,Thanksgiving dinners, and Christmas parties for the tenants living at Stevens Square. It is still a good place to be.
The most enjoyable day for Stevens Square is Terrapin Derby Day. The park has their annual arts, craft, and flea market. They have music all day, crafts, and all the food you would want. It is kind of like the old carnival days. You can enjoy a ringside view of the Terrapin Derby Parade from the park and end your day at the newly decorated Legion Hut, Main Street, City Park, or the Auction Building for music and dancing.
On the first Saturday of October, the festivities at Stevens Square is great; however, it really begins on the Friday night before at the Legion Hut with the Alumni Dinner and Social. You can't find better food, fun or people anywhere.
It is a party that you don't want to miss!....I know...because I'm there!