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On the Move: Cumberland Harbour

Dream Realized: The Whitlock Family

Cumberland Harbour - Ann and Bill Whitlock

Ann and Bill Whitlock, long-term property owners, shared what brought them to St. Marys and why they decided to call it home.

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What brought you to St. Marys?

Ann and Bill Whitlock

Ann and Bill Whitlock

We had taken a family trip back to Hawaii, but our son could not go. We asked him where he wanted to go for a long weekend when we got back. He had visited Cumberland Island while in high school and decided it would be fun to come back. On our last day of the trip we decided to drop in the sales office downtown, came down a couple of weeks later for a sales event, and ended up buying site 246. That was 10 years ago and we have been looking forward to the move ever since!

What appealed to you about Cumberland Harbour?

Ariel View of the intracoastal at Cumberland HarbourWe fell in love with the beauty of the area first. Then we started meeting other folks moving in to Cumberland Harbour and felt this was going to be a really good place to live. We discovered that many of the things we were looking for in an area to retire to were right here in St. Marys. Both Anne and I are retired military and having the facilities at Kings Bay Submarine Base available so close was a big draw, along with the local VA Clinic. Proximity to a large metropolitan area for access to shopping, entertainment, and quality medical care; an airport; the beach, and living somewhere with a small town feel were all important to us. St. Marys and Cumberland Harbour fit the bill! We love the architectural styles that can be built here and the amenities are really nice. Having met and married in Hawaii, we also had to be close to the water!

What do you enjoy in the area in your free time?

Whitlock Kitchen at Cumberland HarbourWe are looking forward to spending time together and discovering more about the local area. The area is rich with history and nature and we are looking forward to exploring it. Anne loves to sew, knit, and cross stitch, just about anything crafty. She has her craft room in the new house and is looking forward to being able to have a dedicated place to “play.” Bill is just retiring from the CDC so he is looking forward to discovering exactly what he wants to do with his time, but learning to fish, discovering more about his family history, and doing volunteer work with veteran and other local organizations will be good for starters. Having family visit, especially our two grandchildren, is also high on the list of things to do.

Previously published in the 2016 Summer Issue.

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