New mailbox at Wrightsville Beach ready for thoughts, secrets
WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WECT) - When Bernie and Sydney Nykanen put up a mailbox on the northern end of Wrightsville Beach in 2003, they never thought there would be so much interest. But over the 11 years it was there, over 130 journals were filled with personal comments and reflections from people who stopped by.
They also never thought that vandalism over the years would be the reason they had to remove the mailbox earlier this year.
And while the copper plated mailbox is now at the Wrightsville Beach Museum of History, along with those 130 journals, there is some good news for those who miss the mailbox.
The Student Ambassadors of UNC Wilmington put a new mailbox in the spot where the old box was located, near Mason Inlet.
"It is a way for us to give back to the community, because Wrightsville Beach is such a big part of the UNCW students who go here, we are always down at the beach, and I know a lot of students loved that mailbox, so this is just our way to give back to the community," said Madison Page, a Student Ambassador at UNCW who helped with the project.
A recent visit to the new mailbox found four journals already full of comments from visitors.
"Wrightsville Beach is a place to fall in love, a place to let go, and a place to walk with the Lord," is one of the comments left in the journals.
Others who commented believe, "Wrightsville Beach is still a magical place, and those who could not dream of a more beautiful day with a more beautiful woman".
Page said the Ambassadors will make sure there is paper and pen always available in the new mailbox, just like Bernie and Sydney did for more than a decade.
"Pretty much all of us were familiar with the mailbox, we had been down there, to read the notes, we had left our own notes, and walked, and everyone was pretty devastated when they learned that the mailbox was taken down," explained Page. "So we are all pretty much gung-ho to put it back up."
While people stop by the Wrightsville Beach Museum and see the mailbox and read some of the journals on display, just a couple of miles away is where the new mailbox is standing, just waiting for more comments who take the stroll down the beach and take the time to keep the story of the Wrightsville Beach mailbox alive.
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