Whalehead Tour

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What: Take a complimentary self-guided audio tour of the Whalehead Club located adjacent to the scenic Currituck Sound.
When: Wednesdays, 3:00-4:00 pm (May-September)
Where: 1100 Club Road, Rt. 12 N, Corolla, NC 27927
How: No reservation is required to receive this discount. Guests must simply mention they are part of Club Seaside.
Contact: 252.453.9040 | [email protected]
Website: https://www.visitwhalehead.com/

 Seaside Vacations guests have the wonderful opportunity to enjoy a complimentary self-guided audio tour of the Whalehead Club at Currituck Heritage Park. The tour covers the first two floors where the Knight family lived and there’s an exhibition gallery in the basement.

 

This popular Outer Banks attraction has a rich history that extends back to the early 1920s when the estate was originally constructed. During the over 90 years since the Whalehead Club was built, the home has served many different purposes. It was once home to the Knight family, rich couples who were from Rhode Island and fell in love with the sound front plot in Corolla and decided to construct a 22,000 square foot home to live in during the wintertime.

Ownership of the Whalehead Club has changed hands quite a few times and the home played an important role in World War II as a bunker for the US Coast Guard and following the war, the property was leased to an educator who created the Corolla School for Boys.

Fortunately in 1992, Currituck County was able to purchase the property and secure the scenic public sound access along with one of the town’s greatest treasures. Renovations on the house began in 1999 and by 2002, the major home restoration project was complete. The Whalehead Club now stands tall with its original grandeur the Knight family enjoyed so many years ago.

After the self-guided tour, be sure to stick around for the Wine Festival from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. The Wine Festivals occur May 28 through October 8. Visit the historic Whalhead Club during your next Outer Banks vacation and discover Corolla's "jewel by the sea." 


 

 

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The Whalehead Club in Historic Corolla

The sleepy village of Corolla on the Outer Banks of North Carolina began an unforeseen journey into the future in October of 1922. Northern Industrialist Edward Collings Knight, Jr and his bride Marie Louise LeBel took up winter residency in their newly acquired Lighthouse Club and began construction of a 21,000 sq.ft. private residence.

Its location on Currituck Sound and the Atlantic Flyway was perfect to satisfy the Knight's passion for waterfowl hunting. Three years and $385,000 later Edward and Marie Louise moved into their "cottage" on the sound. It was unlike any structure that local folks had ever seen or even imagined. 

Today, the Whalehead Club is an intricate part of Currituck Heritage Park. Situated on 39 acres of sound front property, the public is invited to tour this newly restored "jewel by the sea."

   

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