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    Carrituck Beach Lighhouse

    by littlesam1 Updated Jan 23, 2004

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    Cuyrrituck Beach Lighthouse

    This lighthouse at Corolla is the northern most lighthouse on the Outer Banks. It is open to the public in the summer. You can climb the 214 steps to the top for a view of the island. The lighthouse was built around 1870. You can still see the red brick construction because it is the only unpainted light house on the Outer Banks. The lighthouse is 180 feet tall and has a small museum which is also open in the summer.
    There is a $6.00 charge to enter the lighthouse. Children under eight are admitted for free. It is open daily Easter through Thanksgiving.

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    Corolla Chapel

    by littlesam1 Updated Jan 23, 2004

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    Corolla School House

    The Corolla Chapel was build in 1885. It is located two and a half blocks from the lighthouse. It was originally built as an Interdenominational chapel but was used primarily by Missionary Baptists in its early years. Catholic masses were said at the church starting in 1917 and continued on from time to time throught the world war years for Coast Guard personnel. The church closed in the 1960's when most of the population had left Corolla. It remained closed for over twenty five until the rebirth of Corolla in the 1980's. You can attend services at this historical chapel during the summer months from Memorial Day through October.

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    Corolla School House

    by littlesam1 Updated Jan 23, 2004

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    Corolla School House

    There are a few historical buildings that have been restored and you can get a feel for how the village looked around the late 1800's. A walking tour map can be obtained from the realtors office at Twiddy & Company which is located at the opening of the historical area.

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    Currituck Beach Lighthouse 1875

    by tpangelinan Written Apr 9, 2006

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    Built 1874 and first lit December 1 1875, this closed the last dark 40 mile gap between Bobie Island lighthouse to Cape Henry Virginia with a first order fresnel lens. This beautiful all brick ( Close to 1 Million bricks ) stands 163 Ft. tall lighthouse is visable for 19 miles. All of the lighthouses along this stretch of coast from cape Henry to Cape Lookout were all painted with different patterens for navigation purposes except this one was left unpainted as it own distinguishing mark. You can climb this lighthouse for about $6.00, it's a little over 200 steps up for some great views! The walls are 5ft 8 inches thick at the base and 3 ft thick at the top. For lighthouse lovers this is a must see!
    Check the website below for more details of dates, times and prices.

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    Take A Nature Walk

    by littlesam1 Updated Sep 28, 2004

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    Walking through the wetlands

    When you visit the Currituck Lighthouse and Whalehead Club you can also walk on some nature trails that go through the wetlands surrounding the area. There is a boardwalk that winds its way through the marshes and wetlands. Although we had no problems you might want to consider using some insect spray to protect yourself from misquitoes. We were here in early September and did not encounter any.

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    4X4 access to the beach for fishin'!

    by tpangelinan Written Apr 9, 2006

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    4X4 beach access for fishin'

    For those of you who love to surf fish, I wouls suggest going all the way up 12 to Corolla to the end. 4 wheel drive only with beach tag and all required gear. Once you get on the beach the only way is to go left and head up the beach north, to the right is for people only and the new Club house they just put in. So grab your fishin' tackle and head to Corolla for some good surf fishing.

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    Lighthouse Grounds

    by grandmaR Updated Sep 5, 2010

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    Restored Keeper's House on the lighthouse grounds
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    The lighthouse grounds provide many opportunities for photos, even if you do not want to climb the tower. The lighthouse itself (photo 5) which was finished on December 1, 1875 was left unpainted to distinguish it from the other lighthouses along this coast. You can see how many bricks it must have taken. The 158 foot lighthouse was automated in 1939 and still flashes at 20-second intervals.

    The Lighthouse Keepers' House, a Victorian "stick style" dwelling, was pre-cut and labeled, shipped by barge and then assembled on site. In 1876, when the Keepers' House was completed, two keepers and their families shared the duplex. About 1920 another building was moved to the site for a third keeper and his family (photo 4). The house was abandoned in 1939 when the lighthouse was automated, and served for a time as storage for hay. In 1995 the restored little keeper's house was returned to service as a Museum Shop offering visitors models of lighthouses, books and other lighthouse and wild horse-related items.

    Other historic structures located within the lighthouse compound include an outhouse and a storage building. The two-hole privy has been repaired and the storage building with its four sharp finials has been restored and now serves as the lighthouse staff office. The two louvered structures flanking the Keepers' House are cisterns which store rain water.

    After the Lighthouse was automated the attendants were no longer needed to clean the lenses, trim the wicks, fuel the lamp, and wind the clockwork mechanism which rotated the beacon, so by the late 1970s, the Lighthouse Keepers' House stood open to the elements with no windows or doors; porches had decayed and vines invaded the north side. Much of the interior millwork had been vandalized. Restoration of the Keeper's house is an on-going project

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    Currituck Light

    by grandmaR Updated Mar 30, 2005

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    People at the top
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    The historic light station at Corolla village (36 22 36 N, 75 49 51 W) is known as the Currituck Beach Lighthouse. Technically it is NOT the Corolla Lighthouse.

    It is one of eight lighthouses positioned along the Outer Banks and was built after the Civil War to fill in the remaining darkness between Bodie Island and Cape Henry, Virginia. Construction was begun in 1873, at the Whaleshead settlement adjacent to Currituck Sound and was completed in 1875.

    It stands 163 feet high and is constructed of more than one million bricks. The Currituck Beach Lighthouse was left unpainted in order to distinguish it from the other lighthouses along the Outer Banks.

    According to the NPS, "The lighthouse remains today an active aid to navigation and for a number of years was the only lighthouse along the Outer Banks open to the public. It is the only lighthouse in North Carolina still housed in its original structure. It is one of only a dozen lighthouses nationwide with an original Fresnel lens still in use. In 1973, the lighthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places."

    The non-profit Outer Banks Conservationists, Inc. had a 20 year lease on the lighthouse, and has now been awarded ownership of the historic structure.for education, park, recreation, cultural, or historic preservation purposes om 2003.

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    Whalehead Club

    by littlesam1 Updated Sep 28, 2004

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    When I returned to the Outer Banks during the summer I took some time to walk around the Whalehead Club and wetlands surrounding it. It was much too cold here when I visited in the winter to walk around the wetlands. The Whalehead Club was originally built in the 1920's by a millionaire industrialist as a base for waterfowl hunting expeditions. The club has been restored to its original beauty and now serves as a waterfowl museum.

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    the same lighthouse, but this time on the top

    by Toja Written Jul 16, 2005

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    oops..

    A line for someone, who doesn't believe I was there - I was there!!!
    The view was smashing.. the ocean and the bay, and the islands.. only those wild horses that were supposed to be there we couldn't spot anywhere.. maybe it was too far. Anyway, the horses you can only see on the photographs. We even went right next to the preserved area, but there wasn't even any place to park the car. Well, I guess that's better for the horses :-)

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    Climb up the Currituck Beach Lighthouse

    by wahine76 Written Jan 20, 2008

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    While youre in Corolla, why dont you work out a bit and climb up the Currituck Beach Lighthouse to the top. The Currituck Beach Lighthouse is located between the Cape Henry Lighthouse and the Bodie Island Lighthouse.

    Built in 1875, the lighthouse made of brown bricks is 158 foot height and has 214 steps. It offers a magnificient view of both the coast and the sound.

    This lighthouse still serves as an aid to navigation. The beacon comes on automatically every evening at dusk and ceases at dawn. With a 20-second flash cycle (on for 3 seconds, off for 17 seconds), the light can be seen for 18 nautical miles. It was the last major brick lighthouse built on the Outer Banks.

    The Currituck Beach lighthouse and Museam Shop are open daily from 10am to 6pm Easter through Thanksgiving.

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    Whalehead Club

    by MatthewMetcalfe Written Mar 22, 2005

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    Whalehead under restoration.

    Located adjacent to the Currituck Lighthouse, the Whalehead club was built by a wealthy industrialist as a winter retreat in the 1920's. Since then it's had several uses including bird hunting, and a Coast Guard Academy, . It has been restored to it's original condition and serves as a great example of a coastal retreat for the 1920's wealthy.

    The Guides in the tour were excellent sources of knowledge about all facets of the house and the people who lived there.

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    Nature Abounds

    by littlesam1 Updated Sep 28, 2004

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    Minding his own business

    We saw this large bird standing in the water not far from the boardwalk on the nature trail. He was oblivious to us. The Whalehead Club is now a waterfowl game preserve and he seemed to realize this was his turf and chose to ignore the intruders. We saw quite a few different types of birds on the trail. At one point in one of the shaded areas we saw a large black snake swimming through the swamp. Although I am not fond of snakes, I still had to take a few moments and watch him swim through his natural habitat. I am not sure if he was a water moccasin or just a black snake. I did not chose to get that close. Nature truely abounds in the area.

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  • Sit on the beach, sip a beverage...of course

    by Greggut Written Jan 15, 2007

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    A typical OB beach day...
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    Step 1 - wake up
    Step 2 - go to the beach
    Step 3 - mix yourself drink
    Step 4 - go back to the beach
    Step 5 - repeat

    Option 1 - Go to pool instead of beach. Make up a silly pool game involving pool noodles and a beach ball

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    Currituck Lighthouse

    by MatthewMetcalfe Updated Mar 22, 2005

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    Currituck Lighthouse

    The Currituck Lighthouse is the northern most Lighthouse on the Outer Banks. Located in Corolla, this lighthouse is constructed of Red Brick. In addition to the lighthouse, there is also a small gift shop and museum. Nearby is the Whalehead Club which is also worth a visit.

    This is one of my favorite lighthouses because it's different from the typical whitewashed ones you see. Get there early if you want to go up, the line gets long for a trip to the top!

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