Winks is a great place to get what ever you may need for your stay. They have gas, wine, food, can goods, really what ever you may need. Very friendly service, very helpful and this is the oldest store in the area, located near Historic Corolla Village in the Austin Building shopping center on route 12. this place has been open since before route 12 became a public road. So check them out if you need any thing in a hurry!
Fondest memory: (252) 453-8166
Welcome to Corolla Island Whalehead Club!
Mr. and Mrs. E. C. Knight, Jr., a socially prominent couple residing on Newport, Philadelphia, and Manhattan, completed construction of their winter retreat in 1925 (near the end of America's "Gilded Age") and originally named it Corolla Island. The Knights enjoyed winters on Corolla Island until 1934. They both died in 1936.
Their magnificent 21,000 square foot residence featured an outdoor swimming pool, two elevators, a 6,000 foot square basement, hot and cold running fresh and salt water baths and was accented with elegant Tiffany lighting. The estate originally stretched from ocean to sound and southward 4 1/2 miles.
In 1940, new owner Ray Adams, a meat packer from Washington, renamed the property the Whalehead Club and used it primarily to entertain hunting guests.
During its history, the club/retreat/property has been used for a variety of purposes such as a United States Coast Guard base during World War II, a hunting lodge for the wealthy, a static rocket testing site and a boy's school.
Currituck County purchased the Whalehead Club in 1992. The restoration is being directed by the volunteers who make up the Whalehead Preservation Trust and is made possible through a combination of generous private donations and public funding.
We hope you enjoy your visit!
Favorite thing: Even in January you have to take a few minutes to play on the beach. It was cold and windy but there is something about the sand, the waves, and the beach that brings out the kid in all of us. Even the guys in hats were not too cold to spend a few minutes having fun on the beach.
Favorite thing: There are wild horses in the area. I saw pictures of them so I know they exist. However the only horse we saw in the middle of the winter was this painted horse at one of the shopping centers.