It’s a Beautiful Day: Carole & Terry Sheffield

This month we’re switching it up a bit and asking former Manheim residents, Carole and Terry Sheffield, where the road has taken them (North Carolina), what they miss about Lancaster, and don’t-miss spots for visitors from Lancaster County to see in their new home state.  

About Carole and Terry 

Carole, who was born in Baltimore, Maryland, moved to Manheim around the 7th grade as a result of her father being transferred for work. She is a graduate of the Lancaster School of Cosmetology and the Pennsylvania College of Art & Design. She owned and operated New Image Salon and Spa in Manheim, as well as Caramia Design. She is currently a real estate broker with BlueCoast Realty Corp. in Wilmington, North Carolina. 

Terry, who was born in Granbury, Texas, is a graduate of Fairfield University in Connecticut. He works in finance for Amerifund.

The two met in Pennsylvania and were married in 1995. They raised two children, Brent and Erin. “We lived in town on Laurel Street near Manheim Central High School, so we could be close to schools and Manheim activities,” Carole says of the house she completely remodeled (inside and out) and decorated. Erin and her husband, Justin, still live in Lancaster and are the parents of Brody, 8, and Chase, 5. Brent and his wife, Jessica, live in Raleigh, North Carolina, and are the parents of Mack, who will soon be 2 years old. 

What Took You to North Carolina? 

According to Carole, “We wanted to live near the coast and beaches and Terry has always wanted to live on the Carolina coast. We visited Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach and fell in love with the weather, the lifestyle and the people.”  

Is Real Estate as Crazy-busy in Your Area as it is Elsewhere? 

“Real estate is beyond crazy,” Carole concurs. “Our area offers such a variety of options: historic downtown Wilmington with the River Walk along the Cape Fear River; beach vacation destinations; University of North Carolina Wilmington; and the Intracoastal Waterway for boating and boat travel.”

What Do You Miss Most About Lancaster? 

“I miss family and friends and the beautiful farmland and countryside that Lancaster County has to offer,” she shares. “Being from Manheim, we can’t help but miss Farm Show Week. Manheim has always been a place where you would run into so many friends from the past.

“Fortunately, we still own a commercial property in Manheim, so between visiting family and overseeing the property, it brings us back often.” 

If Someone from Lancaster was Planning to Visit Your Area of North Carolina, Name Some Don’t-miss Places You Have Discovered. 

  1. Historic Wilmington and the River Walk along the Cape Fear. 
  2. Airlie Gardens is a must! It is 67 acres of formal gardens and wildlife,10 acres of lakes, more than 75,000 azaleas, a seasonal butterfly house and the tall Airlie Oak tree (southern live oak) that dates back to 1545. Airliegardens.org. 
  3. Another must is Epic Excursions Wrightsville Beach Boat Cruises and Adventures. We have so many uninhabited outer islands off the Carolina coast and you can only get there by boat, so this excursion is a great way to see those beaches and hang out for the day. Epicexcursionsnc.com. 
  4. If you love to fish, Hot Ticket Fishing Charters is an absolutely fun day! Hotticketsportfishing.com. 

Describe Your Perfect North Carolina Day. 

For us, living on the Carolina coast offers such an active outdoor lifestyle. Our perfect day is always filled with boating, beaches and, of course, our needy rescue dog, Lulu. 

Terry and I both work from home, so our typical workday can start as early as 7 a.m. and end as late as 9 p.m. We both love what we do and are perfectly fine charging hard during the week so we can enjoy a relaxing weekend. 

The weekend is approaching, and we are already checking the weather, wind and tides. Saturday has finally arrived and we are up early to enjoy a nice cup of coffee on the patio and discuss which outer island we will go to today. Swimsuits go on, bags are packed for the beach and today the waves look good, so we are taking the surfboard along. We jump in the truck and have about a five-minute drive to Motts Channel Marina where our 21.5-foot Tidewater boat is in a wet slip.

Today we are heading out to one of our favorite spots – a private island off the North Carolina coast called Masonboro Island Reserve, an 8.4-mile-long barrier island/nature preserve that can only be reached by boat. We’re sure to see lots of friends on the island along with families and dogs running around. Since it is a private island, there is no leash law so Lulu can run and play. 

After spending a day relaxing, surfing and walking Lulu around the island, we take a leisurely boat ride back to the marina and decide that tonight is an “at home” seafood dinner night! Motts Channel Marina is not only where we keep our boat but it also has one of Wrightsville Beach’s best fresh seafood markets. Once docked, Terry cleans the boat as I walk to the fish house and see what has just been brought in by the fishermen. Tonight’s dinner will be clams, shrimp and fresh-caught grouper. On the way home, we call some friends to invite them to dinner and to hang out by the pool. Our day ends full circle – on the patio with the firepit going, a glass of wine and great friends. 

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