Whalehead in Historic Corolla Park is a wedding venue located in Corolla, North Carolina. Nestled on 39 acres of pristine sound-front property, this estate is an idyllic spot for outdoor ceremonies and receptions. Situated in the Outer Banks, the mansion dates back to the 1920s, when it was constructed by Edward Collins Knight Jr for his wife Marie. The couple were passionate about waterfowl hunting, and, when Mrs. Knight wasn’t allowed into male-only hunting clubs, Mr. Knight built the manor for his wife. The Art Nouveau building is now open for tours and boasts impressive Tiffany lighting fixtures, corduroy walls, cork flooring, and a restored Steinway piano. There are even rumors of hauntings in this renovated lodge, for those couples who want to catch a ghost sighting during their romantic weekend. The venue’s surrounding lawns offer lush backdrops and stunning waterfront views for celebrations of love both large and small.
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The extensive property that houses Whalehead in Historic Corolla Park offers several spots where couples can hold their open-air nuptials. These include the North Lawn, a sweeping green that is dotted with 80-year-old majestic live oaks. This site is surrounded by the tranquil Currituck Sound, the iconic red-brick Currituck Beach Lighthouse, a boat basin, and a picturesque footbridge. The South Lawn also provides an expansive space for events and is bordered by a footpath over the pond and a porch with lounge chairs. Intimate ceremonies are also welcome to take place on the Side Porch, where oaks shade the verandah, and on the Gazebo, which overlooks the water. Both of these locations, as well as the grassy Point, can be used for cocktail hours, first looks, and taking pictures with loved ones. Within the manor, two get-ready suites are available for wedding parties to prepare for the walk down the aisle.
Couples who rent Whalehead in Historic Corolla Park will have access to their wedding site from 10am to 11pm on the big day. Rehearsal times are also available the day before, as long as the venue is not previously booked. The staff provides a list of preferred vendors, and tents are recommended to accommodate the reception dinners and dancing. There are ample power supplies on the North and South Lawns for DJs, bands, rental companies, and caterers to use as they please.
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Samantha is the Promotion & Event Coordinator with the Currituck County Department of Travel & Tourism, where she coordinates annual and signature events, along with managing rentals of the Whalehead property for weddings and other celebrations. She started her career with Currituck County Travel and Tourism as a high school intern at Whalehead in 2012 when she was just 14 years old. Samantha’s love for the county’s history, people, and tourism impact radiates through her work each and every day. Samantha is a native of Currituck County, with her roots tracing back to the area since 1614.
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What a wonderful Outer Banks experience to have at the Whalehead in Historic Corolla. Truly one of the most unique spots on the Outer Banks. We love working at this location and creating memorable occasions. Gorgeous views, incredible sunsets, stunning property!
Elegance, simplicity, and opportunity are three unique attributes that The Whalehead Club offers. The historic surrounding area and buildings provide a classic aura along with the gorgeous lighthouse view. Your event has the potential to overlook one of the gorgeous Outer Banks sunsets over the sound, the perfect backdrop for wedding photos. The Whalehead Club includes a gorgeous green lawn that provides the opportunity for you to build your event how you want it to be. There is a separate location perfect for your ceremony jutting into the sound. Kemberly is wonderful to work with as well and fabulous with communication and details.
A picturesque venue with water views everywhere. Your guests will love this location and you will find it the perfect place to hold your wedding ceremony, reception or both. If looking for a gorgeous and unique location on the Outer Banks, the Whalehead Club is the place to be.
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Whalehead in Historic Corolla Park frequently asked questions
What items and services are included in the starting site fee at Whalehead in Historic Corolla Park?
- Bridal Suite
What are the most important characteristics of Whalehead in Historic Corolla Park in terms of venue type, style and location?
- Historic Building
What kind of indoor/outdoor options are available at Whalehead in Historic Corolla Park for wedding events?
- Uncovered Outdoor
- Scenic Views
What kind of wedding events does Whalehead in Historic Corolla Park offer?
- Rehearsal Dinner
What services does Whalehead in Historic Corolla Park offer for wedding events?
- Get Ready Rooms
- Outside Vendors
- Pet Friendly
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