Visit Historic Corolla
Historic Travel Sites
Historic Corolla is located on the Northern Outer Banks and is steeped in heritage and tradition. Explore a 1920s era Art Nouveau architectural masterpiece, a nearly 150 year-old brick lighthouse, two educational facilities that explore the wildlife and maritime history of the region, a quaint village that makes you feel like you stepped back in time and so much more.
- Climb to the top of the 162-foot red brick lighthouse 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 today, 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 informative display panels at various landings in the lighthouse relating the history of the lighthouse engineering and the isolated lives and hardships endured by the keepers
- Take tour and experience the beauty of this restored and historic Outer Banks landmark.
- See the unparalleled art nouveau architecture of this 21,000-square-foot mansion that has undergone a multi-million-dollar restoration and is currently being refurnished
- Explore 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 refrigerator
- 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 other many unique items. Shop features copper art created from the original roof shingles.
- Learn about the abundance of wildlife in Currituck County including waterfowl, foxes, raccoons, snakes, deer and wild pigs
- Explore a variety of informative displays, including a million-dollar decoy collection and a theater where you can learn more about the wildlife of the region
- Admission is free; school and group programs available
Currituck Maritime Museum
- New in 2021, explore the historic boats and artifacts that tell the stories and pay homage to the heritage of the region’s rich coastal and maritime history
- This 10,000-square-foot self-interpretive, family-friendly exhibit experience will include: stunning photography, breathtaking videography, hands-on exhibits, demonstrations and educational programs
- Discover quaint shops and restaurants, many reclaimed and preserved, reflecting a less hurried time in Corolla’s past
- Home to historical sites such as an 1878 U.S. Lifesaving Station, Corolla Schoolhouse and Corolla Chapel
The quiet streets here, shaded in oak trees, invite you to browse for unique items and engage the friendly shop owners, who will openly share their stories of local history and lore