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Historic Albemarle Tours - Corolla

Visit Whalehead
1100 Club Road
Corolla, NC 27927
Phone: 252.453.9040
Website: Whalehead

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Historic Corolla
Currituck Beach Lighthouse
1101 Corolla Village Road
Corolla, NC 27927
Phone: 252.453.4939
Website: Currituck Beach Light
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About Historic Corolla
Historic Corolla is located on the Northern Outer Banks and is home to Currituck Heritage Park, the Currituck Beach Lighthouse and the Whalehead Club, as well as several other historic structures dating back to 1885.

The Currituck Beach Lighthouse and the Whalehead Club offer different hours of operation, admission fees and discounts.  Please contact them individually when planning your trip.

Currituck Beach Lighthouse

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The Currituck Beach Lighthouse

  • Climb to the top of the 162-foot red bricklighthouse for a panoramic view of Historic Corolla and miles of the Northern Outer Banks from the Atlantic Ocean to the Currituck Sound
  • Learn from docents about how this beacon still functions as a navigational aid both at night and during the day
  • Take a self-guided tour of the grounds to see the original brick walkway and outbuildings including privy and cisterns
  • Sit on the porch rockers outside the restored Victorian Stick-Style Keepers’ House
  • Walk around the smaller Keeper's House, identical in style to the large Keepers’ House, now open as a museum shop with lighthouse-related memorabilia
  • See the educational exhibits (including a photo gallery of lighthouse keepers) and display boards at various landings in the lighthouse relating the history of the lighthouse engineering and the isolated lives and hardships endured by the keepers

The Whalehead Club



  • Take either a self-guided (hand-held audio) or docent-led Standard Tour to experience the beauty of Corolla Island. Standard Tours are offered year round. Specialty Tours, designed to appeal to all ages and interests, are also available.
  • See the unparalleled art nouveau architecture in a 21,000 sq. ft. private residence that has undergone a multi-million dollar restoration and is currently being refurnished
  • Read educational exhibits that recount the story of the historic home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Knight, Jr. and America’s own history from the 1920s through today
  • Enjoy seeing original 1920s artifacts including a custom Steinway piano, clocks and Frigidaire
  • Note the Tiffany light fixtures mirroring a water lily motif and illustrating the copious planning that went into this waterfowl hunter’s winter home
  • Visit the Museum Shop offering 1920s and Tiffany-inspired gifts and many unique items.  Shop features copper art created from original roof shingles.


Currituck Heritage Park

  • 39-acres of landscaped public space (grounds of the historic Whalehead Club) with picnic tables, pavilion and public water access to Currituck Sound
  • Ample free parking (including handicap, motor coach and school bus) near clean public restrooms
  • The Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education with free admission to audio/visual presentation, an 8,000 gallon fish tank, wildlife museum and wildlife classes
  • Historic footbridge & boathouse listed in the National Register of Historic Places
  • Wildlife including migratory waterfowl traveling the Atlantic Flyway
  • Interpretative walkways with self-guided educational exhibits
  • A short walk to a 1900 schoolhouse, now home to The Corolla Wild Horse Fund, and beyond to historic buildings housing shops, NC BBQ, and 1885 chapel

About the Area

Currituck County Travel and Tourism

PO Box 39

Currituck, NC 27929


Website: Visit Currituck


Currituck Chamber of Commerce

PO Box 1160

Grandy, NC 27939



Visitor Information
Major Program Areas: Maritime
Education Resources:
  • Guided or Self-guided Tour and exhibits including environmental and wildlife
  • Audio/Visual presentation of social, ecological, and environmental significance

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