Plantation Village Residents Discuss Wilmington Then And Now



The residents of Plantation Village are what make this such a wonderful place to live and very few communities have the life experiences that our residents have.

With that in mind, I thought it would be enlightening to talk with a few of our residents and gather their thoughts. Some of them have lived here in the Wilmington area for over 50 years, so a common thread for them is that they have witnessed a period of expansion that has not only been unprecedented, but also mostly unexpected. Another subject of agreement is centered on the impact of Covid-19, as it is something they never expected to see in their lifetimes.   

“It’s been incredible to see the growth of our area, and it’s amazing how life changes,” says Betty Biggs, an octogenarian who moved to Wilmington when she was eight. Understanding that she was raised in Winter Park on Wrightsville Avenue, three blocks from what would eventually become College Road. She and her husband built a house on Whiskey Creek, an area that was formerly a tiny backwater. Betty has seen a lot of changes. About the virus, Betty simply states that, “People who aren’t following the social distancing guidelines are putting their friends and family at risk.”

Betty has watched our country go through some unprecedented challenges and has a unique insight into the current. Betty is an eternal optimist and believes it’s all about the lens we use to view the world.  “Life is wonderful if we make it that way!”

Cecelia Corbett’s family has been in Wilmington for three generations. Her grandfather ran steamboats on the Black River and the Cape Fear. She remembers when Independence Mall was just an airfield, and Oleander Drive was just a two-lane road and College Road did not even exist.

Cecilia has been impressed by the Plantation Village response to the Shelter in Place guidelines. She has been delighted with the concierge services provided by the associates. Meals are delivered and grocery service is available with the items brought straight to your door.  The ‘Command Center” will run errands and set up transportation for doctor’s appointments and necessary travel. All these services are provided to keep the residents safe and protected during this pandemic.

Betty Fulenwilder has been a Wilmington resident for over 50 years.  With five children, nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, she is accustomed to having lots of people around.  The forced isolation brought on by the virus has not been easy, but the strength of her spirit is unquestionable. She points out that, “We must continue to quarantine.” Our community has always rallied together in times of need and this will be no different.

The ladies are confident that the advancements in science and technology that they have witnessed over their lifetimes will help to facilitate a safer 2020 and a brighter future for everyone.

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Becky Grogan is Marketing Coordinator at Plantation Village, a non-profit continuing care retirement community that offers independent living on a 56-acre campus in Porters Neck, minutes from downtown Wilmington and area beaches. Residents enjoy first-class services in a wide variety of home styles, from one- and two-bedroom apartments to cottage homes and two-bedroom villas. Plantation Village is managed by Life Care Services™, the nation’s second-largest elder care management company.

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