Finding Aid for the Whalehead Preservation Trust Records, 1993-2009, ORG.5084

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Finding Aid for the Whalehead Preservation Trust Records, 1993-2009, ORG.5084

Abstract

The Whalehead Preservation Trust was established in 1993 as a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization charged with safeguarding Currituck County's cultural heritage by preserving the Whalehead Club at Currituck Heritage Park in Corolla, North Carolina. The Whalehead Club building originally served as the hunt club and vacation home of industrialists Edward and Marie Louise Knight of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was built between 1922 and 1925 in the art nouveau style, which was popular at that time. The Whalehead Preservation Trust Records, 1993-2010, contains correspondence, financial papers, meeting minutes, by-laws, blueprints, maps, and ephemera related to the Whalehead Club and surrounding area and the administrative duties of the Whalehead Presrvation Trust.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Whalehead Preservation Trust Records
Call Number
ORG.5084
Creator
Whalehead Preservation Trust
Date
1992-2010
Extent
1.30 cubic feet
Language
English
Repository
Outer Banks History Center

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Restrictions on Access & Use

Access Restrictions

Available for research.

Use Restrictions

Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], ORG.5084, Whalehead Preservation Trust Records, Outer Banks History Center, Manteo, N.C., U.S.A.

Collection Overview

The Whalehead Preservation Trust Records, 1993-2010, contains correspondence, financial papers, meeting minutes, by-laws, blueprints, maps, and ephemera. Materials in the collection relate to the maintenance and upkeep of the Whalehead Club and grounds as well as the administrative duties and activities of the trust itself, including information regarding exhibits, collections and accessions policies, and documents relating to the Whalehead Hunt Club restoriation projects.

Arrangement Note

This collection is arranged into seven series: Introduction to Whalehead Preservation Trust; Correspondence; Meeting Minutes and Agendas; Financial Papers; Currituck Heritage Park Grounds and Buildings; Policies, Procedures, and Activities; Maps and Blueprints.

Historical Note

The Whalehead Preservation Trust was established in 1993 as a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to safeguarding Currituck County, North Carolina's cultural heritage.

The Whalehead Club building originally served as the hunt club and vacation home of industrialists Edward and Marie Louise Knight of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Knight built the home for his wife, an outdoor enthusiast who enjoyed hunting and horseback riding. The Knights used the club as their own private retreat and to entertain their friends and relatives.

The home was built between 1922 and 1925 in the art nouveau style, which drew upon nature as a design element. Door handles molded in the shape of a duck's head and flowering wainscoting and wall sconces are examples of art nouveau elements found within the Whalehead Club. Originally called "Corolla Island" by Marie Knight, the name was changed to Whalehead Club by the second owner, Ray T. Adams.

Adams leased the property to the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II. The club changed ownership and served as a boy's school and later a solid rocket fuel-testing base. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

In 1992 Currituck County purchased the Whalehead Club (which had begun to deteriorate) and the remaining 40 acres of land surrounding it. The Whalehead Preservation Trust was formed to oversee a major restoration of the mansion, boathouse and grounds that began in the spring of 1999. The group offered tours of the mansion with revenues generated devoted to maintaining the Whalehead Club. However, ongoing financial difficulties resulted in Currituck County taking over operations of the club, and the Whalehead Preservation Trust officially dissolved in 2016.

Contents of the Collection

Collection Contents
Finding Aid
1:1.1
Introduction to Whalehead Preservation Trust
1:2.1
Correspondence, 1992-2008
1:3.1
Financial Papers, 1996-2010
8418
Currituck Heritage Park Grounds and Buildings, 1999-2009
8433
Policies, Procedures, and Activities Papers, 1996-2010
8445
Meeting Minutes and Agendas, 1993-2010
8407
Blueprints and Maps
8493

Subject Headings

  • Whalehead Club (Corolla, N.C.)
  • Whalehead Preservation Trust
  • Historic preservation--North Carolina--Corolla
  • Corolla (N.C.)
  • Acquisitions Information

    Donated by Barbara Snowden, October 2004, September 2008, March 2009, and April 2010.

    Processing Information

  • Processed by Kelly R. Grimm October, 2009. Updated by Samantha Crisp, August 2018.