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

Corolla Island Bridges

 
 
Corolla Island Bridges Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, August 15, 2008
1. Corolla Island Bridges Marker
Inscription. When Edward Collings Knight Jr. and his wife, Marie-Louise leBell, purchased this property in 1922, the Lighthouse Club, a hunting club, already existed on land just to the south. After the Knights completed a new private residence in 1925, they demolished the club, dredged a waterway completely around the house site, and renamed the property Corolla Island. A pair of bridges spanned the waterway.

Since there was no public road to Corolla Island until 1984, access was a challenge. Visitors generally arrived by boat from the mainland or drove on the beach. The Knights and their servants traveled 33 miles down the sand from Virginia Beach, before crossing their bridge.

The restored surviving bridge, the main house, and the boathouse are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Text with upper photo: Aerial of Corolla Island. Photograph courtesy of Rex and Gilbert Henley.

Text with lower photo: Photograph of bridge in 1992 before restoration.
 
Erected by Whalehead Club Currituck Heritage Park, Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
 
Location. 36° 22.451′ N, 75° 49.988′ W. Marker is in Corolla, North Carolina, in Currituck
Corolla Island Bridges Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, August 15, 2008
2. Corolla Island Bridges Marker
County. Marker can be reached from Ocean Trail (State Highway 12) near Club Road. Touch for map. Marker is within Whalehead Park, next to the bridge, 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. Waterfowl Resting Area (a few steps from this marker); Duck Blinds (within shouting distance of this marker); The Whalehead Club (within shouting distance of this marker); The Whalehead Club Restoration (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Nation's Defense (about 500 feet away); Boathouse (about 500 feet away); First Swimming Pool on the Outer Banks (about 600 feet away); Ray T. Adam's Landing Strip (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Corolla.
 
Categories. 20th CenturyBridges & ViaductsWaterways & Vessels
 
Corolla Island Bridge image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, August 15, 2008
3. Corolla Island Bridge
Corolla Island Bridge image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 20, 2013
4. Corolla Island Bridge
This bridge is listed in the National Register of Historic Places image. Click for full size.
By Kevin W., July 20, 2013
5. This bridge is listed in the National Register of Historic Places
This NRHP plaque is located at the bridge's apex.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 18, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,211 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 18, 2008, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.   4, 5. submitted on July 24, 2013, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.
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