Corolla, NC Attractions

Corolla Wild Horse Museum: Located in the Historic Corolla Schoolhouse, the Wild Horse Museum offers a brief history, interavctive displays and a gift shop.

Hours: Daily 11am- 4pm (call ahead to verify) Admission is Free.
Call 252-453-8002 or visit their website corollawildhourse.com.

Currituck Beach Lighthouse: The only unpainted lighthouse in North Carolina, the Curritcuk Lighthouse built in 1875, stands 158 ft and flashes in 20-second intervals. Its light can be seen for 18 nautical miles.

Hours: Sunday - Saturday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Off-season hours: Sunday - Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Call 252-453-8152 or visit their website currituckbeachlight.com.

Corolla Chapel: Corolla's only year round church was built in 1885. The church is interdenominational and has become a very popular spot for weddings.

Services are held every Sunday at 10am.
Call 252.453.4224 or visit their website at corollachapel.com.

Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education: Learn all about important local traditions such as waterfowl hunting, decoy making, and fishing at this 22,000 square ft wildlife center. The center houses its own auditorium, exhibit hall, and waterfowl decoy gallery. 

April-October Hours: Sunday - Saturday 10:00 AM- 6:00 PM
November-March Hours: Sunday - Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Call (252)453-0221 or go to ncwildlife.org.

The Whalehead Club: Built in the 1920's as the winter residence for wealthy industrialist Edward Collings Knight, Jr . The 21,000 square ft cottage, cost an estimated $385,000 and took 3 years to build. Architecturally, the Whalehead is unlike any other structure on the sound.

April-October Hours: Sunday - Saturday 10:00 PM - 6:00 PM
November-March Hours: Sunday - Saturday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Call (252) 453-9040 or visit them on the web visitcurrituck.com

Currituck Banks National Estuarine Preserve: Established in 1989, this 954 acre protected land doesn't allow hunting or fishing. A number of different species reside in the various habitats within the estuarine including ocean beach, sand dunes, grasslands, shrub thicket, maritime forest, brackish and freshwater marshes, tidal flats and subtidal soft bottoms.

Call (252) 261-8891 or visit visitcurrituck.com

 

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Corolla, NC History

Corolla was home to many European settler communities in the 1600's and 1700's. The ample wildlife provided those communities with the perfect location to start anew. In 1892, a writer from Harpers Weekly wrote about the Currituck Banks in Corolla: "If there were any spot on earth that one would expect to find untenanted, it surely would be this stretch of sand between ocean and sound. …Yet there is a hardy race who have lived here from father to son for over a century. They exist entirely by hunting, fishing, rearing cattle and acting as guides.”

World War II had a enormous impact on the village of Corolla. The U.S. Coast Guard leased the Whalehead Club for use as a training facility, causing hundreds of sailors to flock to the area.

German U-boats came close to the shoreline of the Outer Banks resulting in many area residents covering their windows at night to cloak themselves from patrols. Cars were also required to drive without headlines when in close proximity to the shore.

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