Trending: End of an Era

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PEOPLE | CULTURE | HAPPENINGS trending Four decades on Figure Eight Island End of an Era by KATIE DICKENS Jane Cunningham sold her home after 42 years on the island. The house went under contract in November 2016, and was scheduled to close in January. JANE CUNNINGHAM has said goodbye to Figure Eight Island after 42 years. “I’ve got to tell you, I’m probably just about the last original homeowner still here,” she says, reflecting on her years in her home tucked away along one of the island’s inlets off the Intracoastal Waterway. She and her late husband, Ray, purchased three lots more or less on a whim after visiting friends on the island in 1973. They built their house, and moved in 1974. They spent the next four decades splitting time between their home in Charlotte and their beach retreat. “There were probably about 30 houses here total when we bought the land, so I’ve really seen it grow over the years,” she says. The number of homes on the island has swelled to more than 450, a testament to the allure of its serenity and privacy. Cunningham has moved to Charlotte to live in a retirement home full time, but spent the summer and early fall of 2016 living on the island, still swimming off her dock and soaking up her final days in the house. She fondly remembers times of laughter spent in the sun with her two daughters and two grandchildren, and weekends with friends. There were even encounters with Hollywood stars who retreated to the island over the years. Andy Griffith was, for a time, the Cunninghams’ next-door neighbor. PHOTO BY ALLISON POTTER 15 www.wrightsvillebeachmagazine.com WBM PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CUNNINGHAM FAMILY


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