Brunswick Plantation…Vision to Reality By: Bev Filer

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Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort is a lovely place to live for many reasons. As you enter this charming gated community, you are greeted by a flowing fountain spouting water high into the air, enhanced by a picturesque white walking bridge on the opposite side. Passing the landscaped median with its treasured Avenue of Oaks and manicured hedges, you become acutely aware of the natural beauty of nature’s awesome handiwork. Green trees, flowers in a harmony of hues, and seasonal foliage “Welcome You” to this Southern Paradise

Savoring the scene as you pass by, you approach an “Island Oasis”…a tiered, cascading fountain with water trickling down from one level to another and spilling into the circular pool surrounding it. The perimeter of the pool is landscaped with bright clusters of flowers, while a ground level of floral clusters extend onto the vibrant green lawn beyond. It is apparent why this particular scene is a favorite photo backdrop of “Destination Weddings”!

You have arrived at the impressive white-columned Plantation House modeled after those of historic Southern Plantations. The spacious front porch invites you to “Make Yourself at Home” in one of the wide, white wooden rockers.  Have a chat with friends before entering the decorative doors adorned with beveled glass framed by sculpted wood.  To the right of the tastefully winding staircases is the Pro Shop for the golfers among you. To the left are the Real estate offices for those interested in making this experience more permanent. Straight ahead is the 19th Hole where you and friends, old and new, can share a conversation with tasty food and a “Toast” to the Southern Architecture, Southern Landscaping, and Southern Hospitality that everyone experiences at Brunswick Plantation.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt is important to know that this community was the vision of three friends who cherished their Southern culture and lifestyle. Mason Anderson and his friends, Jimmy McLamb and Tripp Sloane, had this idea and dream in mind when the first contract of land for Brunswick Plantation was purchased in May of 1989. Upon hearing that the land was for sale, Mason Anderson left a family oyster roast and went directly to Mr. Bellamy, the land owner’s house, to make that deal. He then contacted his friends, and over the next months, more land was purchased. They now had 650 acres and direct access to US 17. As Mason has proclaimed, ”We were on our way!”

Mason’s decisive act to buy the land is telling of the nature of how one sets a dream in motion. I have read about people of vision who have been successful in making their dream come true. I interviewed Mason Anderson to determine more about how he arrived at his vision and made it become a reality!

 *Important elements if making this vision a reality:

  • Where you are coming from?
  • What are your roots?
  • Who are your colleagues?

I think it was clear that Mason knew who he was and what he valued…Southern Architecture, Southern Landscaping, and Southern Hospitality were among his main values!

Mason graduated from Clemson with honors and was in the National Guard in high school. He was a LT. and was a reserve office artillery field officer on active duty for 6 months and reserve officer for 12 years.

He knew his roots!  He told me that at the age of 12 he was managing the family farm. His love of the land and environment led him to his first college degree in agricultural economics at Clemson. His first job was for  Ralston Purina, where he worked as a district sales manager for seven years. He was married to his wife, Ann, and they had a daughter. During this time he saved up to go to law school. He started law school at UNC, Chapel Hill…Also graduating with honors. At this time, Ann went to undergraduate school. What a team!

When they returned to the area, Mason planned to open a law firm in Shallotte.  However, he was told by the senior lawyer at the largest law firm in the county that it would be “A Long, cold winter” if he opened his own office in Shallotte.…For two reasons:  “No one would come and Mason would not know what to do if they did come.” He referred Mason to the county attorney and recommended that he join the lawyers in Southport.  Mason decided to follow his own instincts and opened his office in Shallotte. Clients did come and Mason did know what to do for them! I believe that this is a man who knows himself…And his roots!

He also knows his colleagues…Especially, Jimmy McLamb and Tripp Sloane! They shared his vision and his core values! Most importantly, they share a long- time friendship and trust! Their vision of a community with Southern Values and lifestyle are important.

It also takes confidence to make your vision come true! I believe that Mason has demonstrated throughout his life and choices, that he is confident. I believe confidence begets confidence. Once you have achieved something difficult, you believe that you can achieve again.

  • Vision takes imagination. “Imagination is everything.  It is the preview of coming attractions.” Albert Einstein
  • Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.”: Jonathan Swift
  • In reference to a vision and North Carolina: Wilber Wright said that he was always afflicted with the belief that flight is possible.

It also takes courage to make your vision become a reality.

You must risk:

  • Money
  • Time
  • Reputation

However, they say that the pain of not trying is worse than the pain of trying!

It is so fortunate for those of us who live at Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort that these men followed through with their vision. Everyone I have met who lives here feels the warmth and friendliness of the Southern Hospitality that is so apparent here. Everyone waves, speaks, and welcomes you to the “Family”! Mason says, “Southern Hospitality is what Brunswick  Plantation and Golf Resort is all about!”

He told me with an earnest look in his eyes that, “It’s not about the money.”  This is a mission of love for him…His love of the South, the land, and Southern Culture. The “Love of the Land” is always apparent here.

Mason also lives at Brunswick Plantation.  He wanted it to be a community he would be proud to call his home, and it is! Mason’s wife, Ann, has also been involved in naming streets and areas at Brunswick after Southern cities and plantations. What a Team!

As Mason has stated in writing: “ We have become a desirable and popular destination resort and wedding site…That, in my opinion, is a compliment to our community and its beauty…and we see it every day…What a blessing!”

*Mason was also instrumental in organizing the Chamber of Commerce in Brunswick County as well as the Brunswick Hospital built in Supply in the 70’s.   More on that in another blog on another day!

Brunswick Plantation…Vision to Reality and a Dream Come True!

What a Blessing to all of us at Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort!

Thank You, Mason, Jimmy, and Tripp for making your dreams come true!

You can read more in Mason’s own words CLICK HERE

Please comment if you have a “Vision to Reality” story of your own

to share…We’d Love to hear it!

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