Knoxville power couple Sam and Ann Furrow were featured in a story in Vanity Fair this month, though they likely were not pleased about the circumstances.
The pending destruction of the couple’s million-dollar home on Nantucket Island was used as an example of what’s happening to the beaches on the island as storms wash them away and local government refuses to allow remediation efforts to stop the “natural process.”
The Furrows’ “Bluff House” on Baxter Road was described as being a “large, gracious shingle-styled manor with drop-dead Atlantic Ocean views.”
But now “the backyard deck, where the house’s wealthy Tennessee owners, Sam and Ann Furrow once enjoyed sipping cocktails on lazy summer afternoons, (is) suspended over the roiling Atlantic.”
The beach has been threatened for years but lately was damaged by Hurricane Sandy, a February blizzard, and then a March nor’easter with 90-miles-an-hour winds.
The article provides a list of wealthy investor neighbors who had bought houses on Sconset Bluff, including “Jimmy Haslam, owner of the Cleveland Browns and the CEO of Pilot Flying J.”
The local government has thus far rejected efforts by homeowners to spend millions trying to save the beach and their houses, illustrating the tension between locals and the summer people, according to the article.
A Tennessean article last year about Furrow’s sale of the Magnavox building to the state reported that Gov. Bill Haslam’s father Jim had loaned $1 million to Ann Furrow and held a mortgage on a house on Nantucket Island. Friends say it is a different house from the one in the Vanity Fair story.