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

Boathouse

 
 
Boathouse Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By F. Robby, August 15, 2008
1. Boathouse Marker
Inscription.  With its gracious proportions, unusual pink color, and sloping rooflines, the Corolla Island boathouse built by Edward Collings Knight Jr. and his wife complemented their main house.

Even more than the main house, the boathouse was the center of activity for the waterfowl hunting that drew guests here. Decoys and hunting skiffs were stored inside, along with corn to lure the waterfowl into gunning range. While the Knights and their guests slept in the main house, hunting guides in the boathouse prepared for the day of hunting that lay ahead.

The side of the boathouse still has hooks used to hang and cure the day's catch. A lounge along the back of the building held a stove to warm the hunting guides on cold winter mornings. The estate's Delco generators, placed next to the lounge, provided electricity for the boathouse and main house. A dry dock mechanism, in the area of the boathouse open to the water, held boats when not in use. Clockwise from top left:

Putting out decoys for a day of hunting. Photograph courtesy of Joyce Gallop Gaus

Dry docking mechanism inside the boathouse. Photograph
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Boathouse in the 1920s. Photograph courtesy of Joyce Gallop Gaus
 
Erected by Whalehead Club Currituck Heritage Park, Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsEntertainmentParks & Recreational AreasWaterways & Vessels.
 
Location. 36° 22.482′ N, 75° 49.888′ 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. Marker is within Whalehead Park, next to the Boathouse, about a 1/4 mile west from the entrance to the park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Corolla NC 27927, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Caretaker's Residence (within shouting distance of this marker); Currituck Beach Lighthouse (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Nation's Defense (about 300 feet away); The Whalehead Club (about 300 feet away); First Swimming Pool on the Outer Banks (about 500 feet away); Welcome to a Wetland (about 500 feet away); Waterfowl Hunting (about 500 feet away); Corolla Island Bridges (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corolla.
Marker and Boathouse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By F. Robby, August 15, 2008
2. Marker and Boathouse
 
Boathouse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By F. Robby, August 15, 2008
3. Boathouse
Boathouse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., July 20, 2013
4. Boathouse
Land entrance to the Boathouse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., July 20, 2013
5. Land entrance to the Boathouse
A National Register of Historic Places plaque is on the left side.
The Boathouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., July 20, 2013
6. The Boathouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 18, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,189 times since then and 16 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 18, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   4, 5, 6. submitted on July 24, 2013, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.

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