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“A must for history buffs” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Whalehead in Historic Corolla

Whalehead in Historic Corolla
Ranked #2 of 38 things to do in Corolla
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Owner description: Take a step back in time when you visit Whalehead in Historic Corolla! Originally built in the 1920s, this magnificent residence has been restored to its original grandeur and is open for tours year round. Located inside Historic Corolla Park, the museum is situated on 39 acres of pristine waterfront property, and is located in the heart of Historic Corolla. Open year-round for a variety of tours - choose from various House Programs, Children's Activities and Park Programs that are perfect for all ages! Check our online calendar for exciting events hosted in the beautiful Historic Corolla Park.
Chesapeake, Virginia
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A must for history buffs”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2013

This lovely, historic mansion on the sound and close to the lighthouse is beautifully restored to its original splendor with many of the original furnishings. The self guided tour was very informative and they had several guides on site that answered any questions. The home built in the early 1920's had a beautiful interior and lots of historical furnishing as well as servant quarters, kitchen and dining the reminded me of Downton Abbey. The home also had many of the state of the art conveniences for early 1920's.

The mansion is located on the sound and adjacent to a lovely park and foot bridge. This house tour is well worth your time while visiting the Outer Banks of NC.

Visited December 2013
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Erie, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Wonderful, peaceful, beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 14, 2013

We visit here yearly since the hunting and fishing club became a national landmark. There is something to do here for all. Tour the lighthouse, bring string, a bucket and fresh chicken necks and go crabbing, walk the boardwalk out in the sound, tour the hunting and fishing club, walk a bit beyond the lighthouse and see an old schoolhouse or visit the various shops. We would NEVER miss coming here every time we are in the Outer Banks!

Visited June 2013
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Wheaton, Illinois
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Christmas in Corolla”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2013

We took the evening Candlelight Christmas tour. This particular tour is self guided which is good and bad with a family of five children. On the good side, you can tailor the tour to your own kids, and translate for them, plus you are free to walk everywhere at will, not just view the rooms from behind barricades. On the downside, you don't really know what you are seeing because the cute little booklet they give you is too hard to read by candlelight. There are volunteers who answer questions, which helps, if you know what to ask, but the focus is Christmas traditions of the time period, not house history. I think we might have learned a little more from the regular legacy tour, but this was very pretty, and the kids (age 3-13) were very impressed with the Christmas tree in every bedroom, and the nooks and crannies of the hallways and bedrooms, especially. In fact, they think we should reserve the house, period décor, rose-pink kitchen, antique toys and all, for our next OBX family reunion. 13 bedrooms and bathrooms is about right! Coming out of the house at the end to see the lighthouse lighting up against the night sky was a special treat.

Visited November 2013
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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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“Historic 1925 mansion and hunt club”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 27, 2013

This lovely 21000 square foot mansion sits right on Curricut Sound. It was built in 1925 by a Philadelphia millionaire in order to do duck hunting in this area. The house had a a number of firsts for the area--basement (rare in this sandy area), elevator down to the basement and a bidet. The house has many art nouveau touches, large porches, furniture, photos and paintings owned by the family. Bedrooms are large with simple furnishings but very large bathrooms that had both fresh and salt water. There were also rooms for servants. Eventually the house was used by the military during WW II and as a private boys summer school in the late 50s and early 60s and there are pictures and artifacts from those times.

Presently the house has Christmas ornaments and trees and can be toured for $10 (you get earphones and an audio tour which takes about an hour). On some days you can tour in the evening to see the lights for $15. An interesting house from the era of the 20s and 30s.

Visited November 2013
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Portsmouth, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Wish I was there”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2013

This hunt club was built by a Philadelphia millionaire so his wife would have a place to hunt. It is a fascinating architectural work of art noveau. I could place myself back with the rich and famous but frankly I never have been waited on like these folks. Not much for children but historians you'll love it.

Visited November 2013
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