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The Mystery of the Kindred Spirit Mailbox

— By Jan Schroder

Although I’m a big fan of social media, (I just  pinned a new item one of my  Pinterest boards), I feel sad when I think of the lost art of letting writing. Somehow, ❤ is just not a fulfilling expression of love when compared to a three-page letter extolling your virtues and lips like cherries.

No one knows who erected the first Kindred Spirit Mailbox more than 30 years ago on the uninhabited Bird Island in North Carolina

One place where letter writing is still thriving is on  Bird Island, North Carolina where people pen their thoughts, dreams, wishes and prayers and leave them in the Kindred Spirit mailbox. Located in the dunes more than a mile from the last public beach access on Sunset Beach, the mailbox still fills up with letters from people who walk there to deposit them, or who sit down on the nearby beach to write. An uninhabited 1,300-acres State Preserve barrier island, Bird Island is connected to Sunset Beach, 35 minutes north of Myrtle Beach.

People from all over the world have found the simple and charming mailbox and placed their letters inside. Some have mailed entire journals to an associated PO Box where they are held with “love, honor and respect by Kindred Spirit.”

Apparently no one knows who first placed the mailbox there more than 30 years ago, although they left this note:  “Twenty seven years ago I walked the tide line of Bird Island. In the distance – right on the low tide line – I saw the silhouette of a rural mailbox. However, I never could reach it – for it was a mirage. The very next weekend, I ‘planted’ the original Kindred Spirit Mailbox.”

The mailbox and bench suffered a bit from surrounding erosion from Hurricane Irene in 2011 but were relocated by volunteers a few feet back from its original location.

For those who can’t make the trip, you can visit the virtual Kindred Spirit Mailbox here.

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8 thoughts on “The Mystery of the Kindred Spirit Mailbox

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  2. It’s a Special Place….we were there a few days after 9/11/2001 and it HELPED

  3. I love that people still write letters and journal their feelings. We need ones at the duck pond in Salem and various places along the green way.

  4. A. West on said:

    I”m so sad> On June13,2014 Bob and I celebrated 50 years of marriage. A happy occasion for sure, but not for Bob and I. You see Bob is in a nursing home, he has Alzhiemers and has no clue. Our son and the nursing home had a beautiful reception for us and Bob’s brother our best man was here as were many other family and friends but it didn’t mean a thing to Bob. Oh he seemed to have a good time he smiled the smile that made me fall in love with him all those years ago. he laughed and even made some statements that fit in like he did say I love you and he even asked me to kiss him twice.and although that made me very happy, I still missed Bob being the life of the party.. Thank you for letting me express my feelings, feelings no one else would understand

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