Figure 8 Island
In her book "Figure Eight Revisited," local author and full-time Figure Eight resident Nola Nadeau described the island as "a bustling - yet laid back - community since 1966."
A private island on the Wilmington coast, Figure 8 boasts some extraordinary homes, including many designed by famed local modernist architect Ligon Flynn. There is a great culture among the residents of this exclusive island, which is supported by the Yacht Club and the Homeowner's Association. In addition to incredible architecture, Figure 8 Island is home to some breathtaking natural views. Live oaks, beautiful winding marsh grass, and shorebirds all live on the island and contribute to the serenity of the environment.
History: The island was formerly known as Foy Island, as it was owned by the Foy family, and was part of their Poplar Grove Plantation for 160 years. In 1955, Dan Cameron, former Mayor of Wilmington and businessman, purchased the island from Leslie Foy and began its early development. In August 1973, the Figure 8 Island Yacht Club opened. Designed by Ligon Flynn, the club became a great place for residents to relax and dine without having to leave the island.
Fun Fact: Figure 8 Island is home to the only privately owned and operated swing bridge in the eastern United States.
Landmarks: Figure 8 Island Bridge, Rich Inlet, Figure 8 Island Yacht Club