The Kindred Spirits Story

 
 

Dear Kindred Spirits...   


        "Kindred Spirits," a limited edition reproduction print illustrating one of Brunswick County's most alluring  attractions. The South Brunswick Islands are filled with popular attractions, both natural and manmade--- beautiful beaches, scenic golf courses and charming fishing villages.  But the area's most alluring attraction isn't a specific place so much as it is the intangible feeling of harmony between man and nature exemplified by the Kindred Spirits mailbox on tiny uninhabited Bird Island. 

      

       The mailbox, last located on the tiny island west of Sunset Beach, first appeared in 1981 on a small sandspit near Tubbs Inlet between Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle.  According to local lore, a driftwood bench for weary visitors and the mailbox are guarded by the Great Blue Heron and move from place to place depending upon the forces of man and nature.  Still the mailbox and the journals it houses have weathered even the most devastating occurrences, including 1989's Hurricane Hugo and later Hurricane Fran.

 

      The journals contain entries written by visitors from around the world--- Kindred Spirits--- who have happened upon the mailbox during daytime sojourns across Mad Inlet at low tide.  Writers record anything from their most intimate feelings to simple greetings expressing the serenity of the peaceful mailbox site, where the high-rise buildings and bustling beaches of neighboring resort areas fade from view.


     Perhaps the most endearing story involving the mailbox is of two Kindred Spirits who exchanged wedding vows there in 1987.  On their first anniversary, the couple returned to the mailbox and reaffirmed their love for one another in journal entries.  Four days later the husband died, and the notebook containing his last written message to his beloved wife disappeared shortly thereafter.  Despite pleas written by the young widow in subsequent journals, the missing notebook never reappeared in the mailbox.  Mad Inlet, as its name implies, shifted once again and even disappeared after another hurricane hit the Brunswick Islands but the mailbox will continue to be visited by adventurous Kindred Spirits in its new locations on or near Bird Island. Pictured below, is the mailbox in one of its locations in the late “90s. Several stories have been written in Our State magazine and the mailbox was recently featured in Nicholas Sparks’ book, Every Breath.




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