Burt Shavitz, the late founder and namesake of the Burt’s Bees company, used to sit on the porch of an old turkey coop he made his home and look out over the fields where he lived in Maine.
If Shavitz sat on his porch now, he could watch people come and go from Burt’s Bees headquarters at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham.
Last summer, a year after he died, his wood-shingled home with no electricity or running water was deconstructed, loaded onto a truck and rebuilt amid the old brick tobacco warehouses that have been turned into trendy offices.
Shavitz’ bearded face, which has long been the symbol of the Burt’s Bees company, peers out from under a cap on the company’s logo.
Now his home has become another company symbol — of his values and choice to live simply amid nature, said spokeswoman Patrice Sherman.
“The coop tells the story of his connection to his land and to nature,” Sherman said. “It’s a reminder of what he valued.”
— News &Observer