Icons Sean Connery & “The Notebook” Plantation Narrowly Escape Tragedy From Hurricane Dorian
Iconic James Bond actor, Sean Connery, and "The Notebook" plantation avoided destruction despite being in the path Hurricane Dorian.
Iconic James Bond actor, Sean Connery, avoided being a victim of Hurricane Dorian’s destruction of The Bahamas last week. As Dorian moved up the Carolina coast, the gorgeous colonial-style house from “The Notebook” movie was also spared.
The damage to the island country of The Bahamas from Hurrican Dorian is incredibly devastating.
The island of Grand Bahama was hit particularly hard by Hurricane Dorian last week. As a result, thousands of Bahamians and tourists were evacuated.
One well-known Bahama resident is counting his blessings, however.
Former “007” actor, Sean Connery, says he’s “lucky” that Dorian didn’t cause too much damage to their town New Providence as it wreaked havoc on other Bahamian islands as a Category 5 hurricane.
‘We are both fine,’ Connery said in an interview. ‘We were lucky compared to many others and the damage here was not great. We had been prepared for the storm, everything was ready in advance – we weren’t taking any chances and knew what to do.’
Connery celebrated his 89th birthday with his wife, Micheline Roquebrune, at their island home on Sunday. The popular actor has lived in The Bahamas since the 1990s.
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According to Bahamian authorities, more than 40 have died as a result of Hurricane Dorian. However, authorities warn that number is expected to rise. At least 135 have reportedly been discovered alive in the wreckage so far.
“The Notebook” plantation
Sean Connery wasn’t the only icon with a near miss. The city of Charleston in South Carolina found itself under evacuation order as Hurricane Dorian raged. The historic storm’s path put another icon of literary and movie fame at risk: the charming South Carolina plantation used in the Nicholas Sparks’ story, “The Notebook.”
Boone Hall Plantation was settled in Mount Pleasant, near Charleston, S.C. in 1681. After the Civil War, the 738-acre farm was reconstructed and the house rebuilt in the Colonial Revival style.
In 2004, Hollywood descended on the plantation to film one of author Nicholas Sparks’ most beloved love stories, “The Notebook.” Actors Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively married at Boone Hall in 2012.
1985’s “North & South” and 1994’s “Scarlett” mini-series also filmed at Boone Hall.
As Hurricane Dorian bore in on the Charleston area, many history-minded people were concerned about what it could mean the city and sites like Boone Hall.
— Karen Moran (@SweetLulusBaker) September 5, 2019
Ultimately, the debris and flooding around the historic site were minimal.
Another historic site missed by Hurricane Dorian’s path was the historic Mar-A-Lago estate in Florida.
While owned by Pres. Donald Trump since 1985, the site and mansion were developed by Post cereal heiress Marjorie M. Post in the 1920s.
Thankfully, Sean Connery’s island home, “The Notebook” plantation, and Mar-A-Lago all weathered the storm. And those wishing mass devastation on certain areas, regardless of Boone Hall or Mar-A-Lago’s past or current situations, wound up sorely disappointed.