Step off the beach and step back in time.
Set on 39 pristine acres along the Currituck Sound in Historic Corolla, the Whalehead is a beautifully restored 1920s-era Art Nouveau-style mansion listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
With its bold yellow paint, copper roof, and mahogany doors, the Whalehead invites you to explore a fascinating period in Outer Banks history. Nearly every inch of the home has been carefully restored to the way it looked when Edward Collings Knight Jr. and his wife, Marie Louise, first opened the doors as a lavish hunting retreat in 1925.
The wealthy Knights spent their winters here hunting, relaxing and entertaining. Today, stepping inside is to step back into another time and place. Restored in 1992 to its original glory, the Whalehead is now open year-round for tours.
The Knights come to Corolla
Edward Collings Knight Jr. and his wife Marie Louise shared a passion for hunting waterfowl. But in those days, Mrs. Knight wasn’t welcomed in the all-male hunt clubs. Mr. Knight’s answer was to build a 21,000-square-foot “mansion by the sea” just for his bride.
Is the Whalehead haunted?
These walls can talk … or at least some who have visited say they do. Over the years, some say they smelled cigar smoke in a smoke free room, heard the wails of a little girl who wasn’t there, and watched the elevator head to the basement all by itself. Is the Whalehead haunted? You’ll have to decide for yourself. There are even special ghost tours. Click the link below to learn more.
Special events for the ages.
The Whalehead in Historic Corolla is an ideal location for wedding ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners, family reunions, anniversaries, corporate gatherings, birthday and other celebrations! Getting married or have another celebration planned? The Whalehead is the perfect venue.
Tours and Pricing
The Whalehead in Historic Corolla is open Monday through Saturday for tours from 10:00 am-4:00 pm. Prices and tour options vary. Come uncover the mystery of a by-gone era on the Outer Banks, when waterfowl outnumbered the people, and a once flourishing family built a mansion retreat for the ages. Please note, there are no refunds on specialty guided tours.