Corolla is the home of many North Carolina cultural and historical treasures. From the famed Corolla Wild Horses to the restored nineteenth century Currituck Hunt Club and the Whalehead Club, Corolla, North Carolina is steeped in active, living tradition. The Whalehead Club, a 23,000 square foot mansion, often called the Crown Jewel of the Outer Banks, was originally built in 1920 by Edward Knight, Jr. for his wife who had been denied membership in existing clubs. The Whalehead Club has been utilized through the years by the U.S. Coast Guard, the Corolla Academy, Atlantic Research and is now undergoing a $5,600,000 restoration as the home of the Currituck Wildlife Museum. A portion of North Carolina’s natural barrier islands separating the eastern shore of Currituck Sound from the Atlantic Ocean, Corolla is also the home of the 163′ tall red brick Currituck Beach Lighthouse. The Currituck Beach Lighthouse was made in 1865 from more than one million bricks, with 214 steps to the top. This was the last lighthouse to be built on the North Carolina Coast. Tours of the Lighthouse frequently include the newly restored Corolla Lighthouse Keeper’s House.
Corolla’s population swells from 1,500 in the winter to over 100,000 in the summer months, attesting to this area’s rich attractions. Other helpful Links include Corolla, Into the Present, North Carolina Bed & Breakfasts and Inns, and Corolla, Currituck’s Northern Outer Banks.