IN TIME...

    at Whalehead...into an era
    of gracious mansions,
    hunting parties, a timeless
    Corolla Village and
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**Effective January 1, 2014 the State of North Carolina now requires for us to charge sales and usage tax on all tours**

Our Curator and Educational Team have put together a comprehensive collection of tours encompassing history, architecture and construction, the lives of the servants, maritime heritage, and Outer Banks legend and lore. Times and group rates are included with each tour description.

Advance reservations are required for all tours other than the Legacy Tour.

Please call for our winter schedule.
For additional information or to make a reservation, please call 252.453.9040.

Guided Tours

Legacy Tour

Adult- $12 (New price effective February 1, 2014)

Monday-Saturday 11-4 (last tour begins at 3:15 p.m.)

This tour provides the same information and covers the same areas as the Audio Interpretation Tour but affords the visitor opportunity to ask questions and discuss areas of interest with a knowledgeable guide. This tour is designed for the enthusiast who wants to delve more deeply into the Knights’ history and the history of the many other occupants of this home ranging from the 1920s to present day.

Hunting & Maritime Heritage Tour

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This tour explores the waterfowl hunting and maritime history of the Currituck Outer Banks and the Whalehead. The tour begins on the front lawn of the Whalehead and goes into the Knights’ residence to the Gun Room. From here you’re taken down the path to the Boathouse where you explore two floors, including the Guides’ Lounge and the Generator Room, and where you have the opportunity to see an originals test brand from Mr. EC Knight’s own decoy branding iron.

Behind The Scenes: Then & Now Tour

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Discover the lives of the many servants employed by the Knights at Corolla Island during the 1920s and ‘30s. By employing both local help and transporting their full-time staff from Middletown, RI, the Knights helped many families during the financially tough time of the Great Depression. The mix of servants included immigrants from England and Portugal along with native Corolla residents. Learn about their tasks as servants as well as the multi-cultural mixes and influences. Also, meet our staff today and hear how the current “servants” of the Whalehead keep this marvelous museum running. This tour begins on the front porch of the Whalehead and takes you through servant areas such as the kitchen and living quarters. You’ll see areas of the house not included in other tours too, such as the attic and the Curator’s office.

Tippling at Twilight

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Be our guest as the house prepares to entertain in fashionable 1920s style. After the tour, gather on the west porch for a wine tasting.

Daylight Ghost Tour

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Ages 6 and older

Ghosts, pirates and shipwrecks! This popular tour encompasses Outer Banks legend and lore with a focus on Historic Corolla Village and Whalehead. Hear stories about famous shipwrecks such as the Metropolis, how they impacted the residents in Corolla and the ghostly tales that the locals tell about lives lost from this wreck. This tour begins near the west end of the front lawn and continues toward the boat docks for a proper shipwreck story setting. From here your guide will lead you inside Whalehead to share tales of ghosts seen and heard throughout areas of this marvelous house.

Moonlight Legend, Lore & Ghost Tour

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$25 per person (New rate effective February 1, 2014)

Ages 9 and older (If your child is afraid of the dark or does not enjoy ghost stories, we DO NOT recommend this tour.)

This tour is similar to the Daylight Ghost Tour but with a few twists! You begin on the grounds outside Whalehead with the guide delving into local ghostly lore involving shipwrecks on the Outer Banks and legends about pirates such as the famous Edward Teach, aka Blackbeard! The tour continues inside Whalehead with visitors hearing tales about ghostly sights and sounds witnessed by occupants and guests. You will also hear about the research findings by the Coastal Paranormal Investigations group and Haunted North Carolina when they visited Whalehead in the summer of 2009. Please note: Participants are asked to bring a flashlight as this tour takes place in the dark both inside and outside the house. It is also recommended that guests be prepared with a light sweater or jacket and insect repellent.

No group rate is available for this tour.