THE WHALEHEAD CLUB
Currituck Heritage Park, Corolla, NC
Located in the heart of Corolla, North Carolina the Whalehead Club offers a long and richly varied history
stretching back to its completion in 1925.
Let me tell you a little bit about who we are and what we have to offer. The Whalehead Club is a restored 1920s residence now operating as a historic house museum. With the architecture and design centering heavily around Art Nouveau the museum boasts many original furnishings and decorative items including Tiffany lamps, Louis Majorelle furnishings, and Royal Copenhagen figurines.
The original owners Mr. & Mrs. Edward Collings Knight Jr. were wealthy northern industrialists with ties to the
American Sugar Refinery, as well as the Pennsylvania Railroad. Although they maintained a grand permanent
residence in beautiful Middletown, RI, they frequently spent their winter days here in Corolla, enjoying waterfowl hunting and the natural flowing beauty of the area.
The Whalehead Club has been restored to its original splendor, including the copper roof, matchstick or “corduroy” wall coverings, and cork flooring. We offer several different tours encompassing the history of the house, the Knights and their servants, as well as maritime history, local history, and the architecture and operations of this 21,000 square foot, five floor home.
Also located on the property are the original boathouse and footbridge. Both have been restored, with the
boathouse also having been recently furnished and interpreted. The residence, boathouse and footbridge are all listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The Whalehead Club is located inside Currituck Heritage Park, in the heart of Corolla, NC. Inside the park you will also find the Currituck Beach Lighthouse which was completed in 1875 and is open for climbing, as well as the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education which boasts an 8,000 gallon aquarium, wonderful exhibits, and
many classes and activities for the whole family.
Located on 39 acres of pristine sound-front property Currituck Heritage Park has much to offer its visitors and
patrons. With plenty of open space for kite flying or picnicking, it’s perfect for a family gathering. Crabbing, fishing and use of the public boat ramp are permitted inside the park as long as proper state licensing guidelines are met. Leashed pets (per County law) are welcome in the park. You will also find a marvelous interpretive trail that guides you through the park explaining the rich natural history as well as information about the Whalehead Club.
The park is adjacent to Historic Corolla Village which includes the original Corolla Chapel and School House
both built circa 1905. Currently the Corolla Wild Horse Fund operates out of the old schoolhouse and provides
many fun opportunities for children and families who want to know more about our local horses, descendant from Colonial Spanish Mustangs shipwrecked here centuries ago. Several other historic buildings are also located in the Village including the Lewark-Gray buildings and the Parker buildings.
For additional information on other park and village entities including operating schedules, tour times, and rates
please visit the links below.
The Whalehead Club www.whaleheadclub.org
Currituck Beach Lighthouse http://www.currituckbeachlight.com/history.php
Historic Corolla Village http://www.visitcurrituck.com/files/doc/Historic%20Village%20Map.pdf
Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education http://www.ncwildlife.org/Education_Workshops/Outer_Banks_Center.htm
For information on local eateries and lodging please visit Currituck County Travel & Tourism website:
We hope you have a chance to come and visit the Whalehead Club and Currituck Heritage Park soon. Please feel free to contact me for more information, or if I can be of additional service.
Marketing & Administrative Manager