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Solitary mailbox on North Carolina beach holds stories from visitors around the world

The Kindred Spirit Mailbox stands on a beach on Bird Island, North Carolina. It houses notebooks where visitors from around the world share their prayers, joy, grief, and secrets. Some write about the loved ones they lost, some show gratitude to what they have in life, and some even get engaged here. To get to the mailbox, it is not an easy walk. The closest parking lot is a mile and a half away. Frank Nesmith, keeper of the mailbox, put it up to communicate with his girlfriend, Claudia, 40 years ago. While their summer romance slipped by, the mailbox stays. In 2012, University of North Carolina Wilmington Randall Library Special Collections became home to the notebooks.

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Best-Kept Secrets: Bookstores

For a book lover, vacation isn’t complete without a chance to wander a bookstore’s aisles. The best stores add to the discoveries of a new locale and an introduction to the area with books by local authors and regional guides and histories.

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Best-Kept Secrets: For seafarers

The disappearance of the Lost Colony is an enduring mystery on Roanoke Island, where an English sailing vessel left 115 souls behind in 1587. When the governor, John White, returned three years later, the colonists had vanished, including his new granddaughter, Virginia Dare.

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Best-Kept Secrets: Live theater in NC

Travel guides are full of suggestions on how to make vacation dollars go further, but the savvy traveler knows that for the price of a ticket – often less than $10 – it’s possible to go almost anywhere through the magic of live theater.

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Best-Kept Secrets: For birders

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Solitary mailbox on North Carolina beach holds stories from visitors around the world

The Kindred Spirit Mailbox stands on a beach on Bird Island, North Carolina. It houses notebooks where visitors from around the world share their prayers, joy, grief, and secrets. Some write about the loved ones they lost, some show gratitude to what they have in life, and some even get engaged here. To get to the mailbox, it is not an easy walk. The closest parking lot is a mile and a half away. Frank Nesmith, keeper of the mailbox, put it up to communicate with his girlfriend, Claudia, 40 years ago. While their summer romance slipped by, the mailbox stays. In 2012, University of North Carolina Wilmington Randall Library Special Collections became home to the notebooks.
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