Bridging Past with Present – Old Bridge Preservation Society changes its name to Old Bridge Historical Society – Sunset Beach, NC

DSC_0119 Karen and Ron standing on Old Bridge ramp in front of Tender House

Karen Dombrowski & Ron Lim, of Old Bridge Historical Society, photo by Sheree K. Nielsen

I’m embarrassed to say that over the past eight years, I’ve driven past the Old Bridge Preservation Society, Sunset Beach, North Carolina countless times while in the area, but never stepped foot inside.

A friend I met on Sunset Beach, about 6 years ago, Nancy, has a piece of the pontoon swing bridge, purchased from the Old Bridge museum. She cherishes it, as it brings backs memories from her childhood.

I noticed there were no stories written on the Old Bridge in the last nine years, so I asked my publisher at South Brunswick, if I could write one. It started out as just an online story, but later Justin felt that it ‘was too good not to print’ (his words), and ended up in the fall publication of the magazine.

I learned so much about the Old Bridge and its history from the Karen Dombroski, Ron Lim and Ann Bokelman. Thanks to their efforts, the spirit of the Old Bridge has been kept alive. The story made me fall in love with Sunset Beach, all over again.

Here’s the story in PDF form – BridgingPastandPresent

I hope you enjoy it. Drop Justin Williams an email at South Brunswick Magazine if you like it, or leave a comment on the shorter version online here.


Sheree K. Nielsen is the award-winning author of four books  –

Her newest poetry and photography collection, Mondays in October, is her love song for the beach, and her eternal companion water. She’s dedicated the book to the Siteman Cancer Center Nurses who helped her make chemotherapy more bearable.  Many of the poems are about the Carolinas (Sunset Beach and Folly Beach).

Ocean Rhythms Kindred Spirits – An Emerson-Inspired Essay Collection on Travel, Nature, Family and Pets, based on her adventures (Chanticleer Semi-Finalist for Nonfiction Guides – Insight and Instruction)

Folly Beach Dances is her 2015 Da Vinci Eye Award Winner, a healing coffee table book inspired by her lymphoma journey

and coauthor of, Midnight the One-Eyed Cat, 2019 Chanticleer Little Peeps First Place Winner for Early Readers, Montaigne Medal Finalist, and Foreword Indies Review Finalist








Bluegrass Hospitality

The minute we stepped foot into Bluegrass Country, the warmth of Kentucky wrapped its arms around us.

From B&B Innkeepers, Harold and Becky, at Jordan Farm Bed and Breakfast in Georgetown, to Frankie whom we met the first night at Fava’s Restaurant, we felt welcomed.

Always smiling, ever cheerful, Kentuckians represent the Bluegrass State perfectly.

Michael and Diane Blowen save thoroughbreds destined for slaughter.  They’ve invested much time and effort in their non-profit organization Old Friends, A Kentucky Facility for Retired Thoroughbreds, and are doing great things for the horses and the community.

Shaun Washington from Unique Horse Tours will give you’re the tour of a lifetime.

And of course, if not for Shaun, I wouldn’t have met Jean Cruguet, jockey for 1977 Triple Crown Winner Seattle Slew.  I still remember watching that exciting race as a teenager.  How many people can say they’ve met a legend?

Thanks to John Simpson (Scott County Tourism), Susan Dallas (Louisville CVB) and Robin, John, Cindy and Lisa (Kentucky Horse Park).  They were all instrumental in helping me compile information for my article due out next spring for AAA Midwest and Southern Traveler.

And I can’t forget those two girls who greeted us whenever we stepped foot out of the cottage or the truck – Maggie and Sky, the Jordan’s border collies.  We played endless games of fetch, of which I never tired.

I love Kentucky.

(Especially, the dark chocolate covered bourbon balls)

Garden Party: Tour a Master Gardener’s Not-So-Secret Garden

Check out my article on about Anne Tansey, local St. Charles gardener that is published on Patch this morning.  The link is

All photos have been taken by me.  Receiving some really nice comments and emails.