The Outer Banks area is a historically rich and important area. And, one of the most important sites tells an interesting story of the region over the last nigh century. The Whalehead Club has been open to the public since 2002, drawing visitors from all over to experience the lavish luxury of the former hunt club. It’s one of many reasons to visit Corolla, and is even a popular location to get married. So, what is the Whalehead Club? And, why should you check it out?
Your Outer Banks vacation is simply not complete without diving into the history of the area a little bit. Home to one of the very first colonial establishments and littered with historic lighthouses, there’s a ton to see here. To help you narrow your vacation focus, we here at Shoreline OBX, have put together a free Vacation Guide to give you tips to make your vacation the best it can be. You’re going to love it!
The Whalehead Club is a Historical Point of Interest in OBX
Originally built in the 1920’s, the premier club, the Whalehead Club in Corolla, sits on 39 acres along the Currituck Sound. The Art Nouveau styling accentuates the horizon in a memorable fashion you’ll relish. Bold features like yellow paint, a copper roof, and heavy, mahogany doors give you a taste of the luxury you’ll find inside. The historic house was built by Edward Collins Knight, Jr., and his wife Marie Louise in 1925, and later opened as an opulent hunting retreat. It was restored in 1992 and is open for tours year-round.
The original construction of the Whalehead Club was a labor of love. In the days of all-male hunting clubs where his wife wasn’t permitted, Mr. Knight built the 21,000 square foot retreat just for his wife, who shared a love of the sport.
The Haunted Hunt Club
It’s been reported that the Whalehead Club has experienced paranormal activity throughout the years. That’s part of the draw to it. Reports of cigar smoke in an otherwise smoke-free room, the cries of a little girl who wasn’t there, and phantom elevator trips to the basement entice ghost hunters to visit. You can take a ghost tour of the Whalehead Club while you’re here, if you dare!
The club is available for tours Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Adults (13-54) | $7
Children (6-12) | $5
Children (0-5) | Free
Seniors (55+) | $5
Active Military | $5
Plan Your Outer Banks Adventure Today
The time is now to get excited for your next Outer Banks vacation! Unique history like that of the Whalehead Club is all over OBX, so get a jump on summer vacation. Browse the incredible vacation rentals of Shoreline OBX, perfectly situated to be close to all the things you want to do. Speaking of things to do, be sure to download our free Vacation Guide for some great ideas. You’re going to love a vacation to North Carolina’s Outer Banks, so contact us today to book your stay! We are eager to be your host!