“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Corolla in Currituck County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)

The Whalehead Club Restoration

The Whalehead Club Restoration Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By F. Robby, August 15, 2008
1. The Whalehead Club Restoration Marker
Inscription.  After second owner Ray T. Adams died in 1957, the Whalehead Club was used as a summer boy's school, housed a rocket fuel testing facility, and was proposed for resort development. With restoration in mind, Currituck County purchased the club in 1992, and by 1994 owned the surrounding 39 acres. By the time the county acquired the property, the main house had holes in the roof and the flooded basement teemed with snakes.

Aggressive restoration began in the spring of 1999. The copper roof was replaced using the original techniques of folding and interlocking the shingles. As the natural process of patination occurs the new copper roof will slowly become the green color that many remember. During the restoration most of the cork floors were replaced, the basement was drained and cleaned, and the snakes evicted. After expert testing, the house was painted in the original colors used by the Knights in 1925.

In 2002 the first phase of the restoration was finished. The Whalehead Preservation Trust is now immersed in the next major phase of restoration - exhibits and furnishings including finding as many of the Knight's furnishings,
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fixtures, accessories, artifacts, and photographs as possible.

Take a moment to stand back and enjoy this view of the restored Whalehead Club.

[Text with lower left photo:] Mr. Knight's bedroom during restoration.

[Text with upper photo:] The Whalehead Club Pre-Restoration.

[Text with middle right photo:] Kitchen pre-restoration.

[Text with lower middle photo:] Servant's bedroom pre-restoration.

[Text with lower right photo:] Duck door handle.
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: EducationEntertainmentParks & Recreational AreasSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1957.
Location. 36° 22.376′ N, 75° 50.001′ W. Marker is in Corolla, North Carolina, in Currituck County. Marker is at the intersection of Ocean Trail (State Highway 12) and Club Road on Ocean Trail. Marker is within Whalehead Park, southwest of the house, about 3 tenths of a 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. Ray T. Adam's Landing Strip (within shouting distance of this marker); Duck Blinds
The Whalehead Club image. Click for full size.
Photographed By F. Robby, August 15, 2008
2. The Whalehead Club
(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Waterfowl Resting Area (about 400 feet away); Corolla Island Bridges (about 500 feet away); The Knights (about 500 feet away); Waterfowl Hunting (about 500 feet away); First Swimming Pool on the Outer Banks (about 600 feet away); A Nation's Defense (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corolla.
The Whalehead Club image. Click for full size.
Photographed By F. Robby, August 15, 2008
3. The Whalehead Club
The Whalehead Club image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Kevin W., July 20, 2013
4. The Whalehead Club
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 1,444 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 25, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   4. submitted on July 24, 2014, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.

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Jun. 20, 2024