May 29, 2015
Brunswick Forest

Photo courtesy blog.ncbrunswick.com

Sunset Beach, a beautiful beach town located about a 50-minute drive from Brunswick Forest, is home to the historic Sunset Beach Bridge which has been part of the community since the 1950’s. This swing bridge was built by Mannon Gore, the island’s founding father, and has been a town icon and landmark for decades.

Several years ago, when a new bridge was being built and there was talk of demolishing the old bridge, residents came together to form the Old Bridge Preservation Society to save the historic bridge and preserve its long-standing history within the community. Through the society’s efforts and fundraising, the bridge, along with the old Tinder House, were saved and relocated to land close to their previous working place on the Intracoastal Waterway.

Brunswick Forest residents can take a drive to this lovely area beach and view the historic bridge and Tinder House which are planned to one day become part of a center for historical memorabilia relating to the waterway, the people of Sunset Beach and the area. In its current state, the site abounds with natural beauty from the majestic live oaks to the waters of the Intracoastal.

This spring, a group of students at Massey Hill Classical High School produced a 48-minute documentary that highlights the old bridge called The Heartbeat of Sunset Beach, which premiered at Ingram Planetarium April 10, 2015. Copies of the DVD are available at the Old Bridge Store for Brunswick Forest residents who are interested in learning more about this historic landmark.