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

First Swimming Pool on the Outer Banks

 
 
First Swimming Pool on the Outer Banks Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By F. Robby, August 15, 2008
1. First Swimming Pool on the Outer Banks Marker
Inscription.  The Whalehead Club has always been associated with wealth and leisure pursuits. When Edward Collings Knight Jr. and his wife, Marie-Louise LeBel, built their residence here in the 1920s, they made it as opulent as possible. The estate included the first swimming pool built on the Outer Banks.

Mr. Knight's wealth was derived from sugar and railroads. He and his wife, Marie-Louise Lebel Knight, also had grand homes in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Middletown, Rhode Island.

From 1922 to 1934, over 200 guests enjoyed the estate's luxuries in all seasons. Guest Leticia Steele visited often, and once stayed for over nine months.

[Text with photo:] Aerial of the Knight's swimming pool.
 
Erected by Whalehead Club Curritcuck Heritage Park, Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, N.C. Wildlife Education Resources Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EntertainmentIndustry & CommerceSettlements & SettlersWaterways & Vessels. A significant historical year for this entry is 1922.
 
Location. 36° 22.402′ 
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N, 75° 49.891′ 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, alongside the canal, 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. A Nation's Defense (within shouting distance of this marker); The Knights (within shouting distance of this marker); The Caretaker's Residence (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Boathouse (about 500 feet away); The Whalehead Club Restoration (about 600 feet away); Corolla Island Bridges (about 600 feet away); Duck Blinds (about 600 feet away); The Whalehead Club (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corolla.
 
First Swimming Pool on the Outer Banks image. Click for full size.
Photographed By F. Robby, August 15, 2008
2. First Swimming Pool on the Outer Banks
The pool was located just to the right of this house.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on August 24, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,898 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 24, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.

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