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Whalehead in Historic Corolla

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raj0302 wrote a review Nov 2020
Swansboro, North Carolina868 contributions408 helpful votes
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 1. Bottom Line Up Front. This is a very nice attraction for anyone interested in construction, architecture, interior design, interior decorating or logistics planning. 
 2. Details of visit. Morning – Friday 16 October 2020. 3. Considerations. I encourage visitors to consider the extremely remote location and what it took with respect to the following (prior to construction of bridges):
 3.a. Survey the location.
 3.b. Design the house.
 3.c. Develop a logistical plan to transport and stage supplies.
 3.d. Clear the property of vegetation.
 3.e. House and feed the construction crews.
 3.f Tolerate the extreme heat and humidity. 3.g. Construct the home (over a period of 3 years).

 3.h. Transport household goods to the completed home. 3.i. Transport and store food and other sustainment items to the home. 4. Basic Information (location, hours, pets, fees). An internet search will lead to several websites that mention Whalehead; the best way is: go to the Trip Advisor page for Whalehead; scroll down below the map; on the left side under “Location”, there is a link for their website.

 5. Access - passenger vehicles. No cost, accessible by any passenger vehicle. There are several options. 5.a. Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Eduction.center. Paved, 200 yards north of Whalehead. 5.b. Large parking lot at intersection of Club lane and Village lane. 350 yards northeast of Whalehead, appears to be un-paved. 5.c. Corolla Village Rd south of lighthouse. 650 yards northeast of Whalehead, un-paved.
 6. Access - RVs. No dedicated RV/large vehicle parking spaces. I recommend that visitors look at the facility on Bing or Google Maps to get an idea of the parking lot orientation.  7. Access - handicap. There are no ramps or elevators; access to the basement and second floor is via stairs.

 8. Type of tour/length of visit.
 8.a. Guided tours. Unsure if they are available.
 8.b. Un-guided tours. I conducted an un-guided tour. I spent approximately 1 hour; this included reading 50 % of the informative placards and walking the grounds in an un-hurried manner. 8.c. Audio tour. The un-guided tour is assisted by an audio device in many of the rooms.

 9. Size
 9.a. Home. 21,000 sq ft.
 9.b. Property. Approximately 3 acres. 10. Layout. 10.a. General details. Floor-cork, walls - corduroy (similar to tongue and groove floors). 10.b. Basement. This is actually above the original ground level. The property surrounding the property was dredged and the material was used to fill in the land where the home now sits. Wine Cellar, displays and informative placards. 10.c. 1st floor. Living room (simple but elegant), kitchen, dining room (somewhat opulent), office (with a beautiful mahogany-clad iron safe , gun room (with several antique shotguns). 10.d. 2d floor. Living quarters (multiple bedrooms simply decorated with some period-correct clothing) and bathrooms. 10.e. 3d floor (not open to public). Servant’s quarters. 10.f Attic (not open to public).

 11. Prohibitions/Permissions 11.a. Photography. Not permitted inside.
 11.b. Food & drinks. Not permitted (to include bottled water).
. 12. Staff. Very knowledgeable and courteous.

 13. Significant events
 13.a. 1922-1925. Construction.
 13.b. 1925-1936. Occupied by wealthy Rhode Island owners Edward Collings Knight and Marie-Lebel Bonat Knight. The home was constructed to serve as a waterfowl hunting lodge as well as to entertain visitors. Mr. Knight was a wealthy heir to a fortune in sugar, railroads and steamships. 13.c. 1936. Upon the Knight’s death, the home passed to their children who promptly sold the property. 13.d. World War II. Used by the U.S. Coast Guard. 13.e. 1960s. Used by the Atlantic Research Corporation as a testing site for rocket fuel. 13.f. TBD-TBD. Abandoned for 20 years. 13.g. 1992. Purchased by Currituck County, restored to near-identical 1920s status. 13.h. 2002. Open to the public

 14. Amenities/features/creature comforts.
 14.a. Restrooms and water fountains. There are restrooms (and I believe water fountains) at a detached structure approximately 50 yards east of the home.
 14.b. Snacks, soft drinks. None.
 14.c. Gift shop. There is a very small gift shop inside the home at the entrance. Notable items for sale - jewelry made from the original copper roof. 15. Other attractions on the Outer Banks that I can personally recommend (from north to south).
 15.a. Currituck Lighthouse – Corolla, NC. 15.b. Wild Horse Adventure Tours - Corolla, NC 15.c. Wright Brothers Memorial – Kitty Hawk, NC. 15.d. Bodie Island Lighthouse – Nags Head, NC. 15.e. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse – Buxton, NC. 15.f. Graveyard of the Atlantic museum – Hatteras, NC. 15.g. Ocracoke Lighthouse – Ocracoke, NC (not a developed attraction). 15.h. Cape Lookout Lighthouse - vicinity of Harkers Island and Shackleford Banks, NC

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Date of experience: October 2020
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first-tymer wrote a review Nov 2020
Allendale, New Jersey224 contributions92 helpful votes
Nice area to stroll around to take in the views. House was closed due to COVID so no inside tours. The grounds are beautiful as is the house.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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MKERV wrote a review Oct 2020
Cherry Hill, New Jersey53 contributions12 helpful votes
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Beautiful, open, Park-like area!! Go for sunset...our pics will show why! There is a walkway along the water.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Frank L wrote a review Aug 2020
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Nice place to visit. Former hunting lodge. Lots of places to spread out and relax. We didn't go in, but there is a nature center on the grounds as well.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Becky H wrote a review Jun 2020
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We enjoyed walking around the park. It has a picturesque bridge, a lake, and the Whalehead Club, which includes a humpback whale skull outside.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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