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Corolla in Currituck County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Knights

 
 
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By F. Robby, August 15, 2008
1. The Knights Marker
Inscription. Due to excellent wildfowl hunting conditions in the second half of the 19th century, private hunt clubs owned most of the land on the Currituck Outer Banks. In 1874 a group of wealthy Northeaster industrialists build the Lighthouse Club just south of here. In the 1920s Edward Collings Knight Jr. and his new wife, Marie-Louise Lebel, purchased the Lighthouse Club property and, for $383,000, built the house you see today. The Knights had the old club house torn down and a waterway dredged around the house. They wanted the property to be known as a residence not a "club", so they renamed the property Corolla Island.

A wealthy couple with other homes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Middletown, Rhode Island, the Knights made their fortune in sugar and railroads. To build this house they used the finest materials available. Architectural experts discovered that some of the house's Art Nouveau features, like the frieze that decorates the exterior, were reused probably after demolition of another structure owned by the Knights in Rhode Island.

Edward and Marie-Louise resided here during hunting season for nine years (1925-1934) until Mr. Knight became to ill to visit. Both Knights died in 1936.

Clockwide from above:

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Collings Knight Jr. Photograph courtesy of Arline Jussaume

Edward
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By F. Robby, August 15, 2008
2. The Knights Marker
Collings Knight Jr. and companion on the bridge. Photograph courtesy of Joyce Gallop Gaus

The Knight's "Parma" patterned china used at Corolla Island.

The house shortly after construction was finished. Photograph courtesy of Rex and Gilbert Henley.
 
Erected by Whalehead Club Currituck Heritage Park, Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
 
Location. 36° 22.372′ N, 75° 49.901′ W. Marker is in Corolla, North Carolina, in Currituck County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Ocean Trail (State Highway 12) and Club Road. Click for map. Marker is within Whalehead Park, southeast of the house, about a 1/4 mile west from the entrance to the park. Marker is in this post office area: Corolla NC 27927, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Swimming Pool on the Outer Banks (within shouting distance of this marker); A Nation's Defense (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Whalehead Club Restoration (about 500 feet away); Ray T. Adam's Landing Strip (about 600 feet away); Duck Blinds (about 600 feet
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By F. Robby, August 15, 2008
3. The Knight's House on Corolla Island
Viewed from the pond.
away); Waterfowl Resting Area (about 600 feet away); Corolla Island Bridges (about 600 feet away); The Caretaker's Residence (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Corolla.
 
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The Knight's House on Corolla Island image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, August 15, 2008
4. The Knight's House on Corolla Island
Viewed from the wooden bridge.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,360 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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