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Whalehead Preservation Trust Records


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 ... (more below)

Title

Whalehead Preservation Trust Records

Collection Number

ORG.5084

Date(s)

1992-2010

Box 1Box 2Box 3Box 4
Language

English

Physical Description
Cubic feet
1.30
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.

Creator

Whalehead Preservation Trust

Repository

Outer Banks History Center


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.


Available for research.


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


This collection contains two folders of separated materials, located in Map Drawer 17. The folder contains blueprints for the Whalehead Hunt Club Restoration and maps of the Whalehead Hunt Club Property.


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.


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


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


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.


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

Folder: 1:5.1  
Proposed Budget
1999-2009

Folder: 1:5.2  
Budget Reconciliation Reports
1996-1999

Folder: 1:5.3  
Analysis of Tour Counts
1999-2004

Folder: 1:5.4  
"Under the Oaks" Art Festival Accounting Summary
2004

Folder: 1:5.5  
Monthly Financial Reports
Sept.-Oct. 2008

Folder: 1:5.6  
Whalehead Club Accounts and Descriptions

Folder: 2:5.7  
Account Balance Sheets
1999-2004

Folder: 2:5.8  
Financial Report, Fiscal Year
2007-2008

8427  
Financial Statements

Folder: 2:5.9  
1997-1998
1997-1998
Folder: 2:5.10  
1999-2000
1999-2000
Folder: 2:5.11  
2003-2004
2003-2004
Folder: 2:5.12  
2006-2007
2006-2007
Folder: 2:5.13  
2008
2008

Folder: 3:5.14  
Monthly Financial Reports
2008-2010

Folder: 2:6.1  
Whalehead Club Property Layout

Folder: 2:6.2  
Whalehead Club Restoration Phase I Cost Estimates
1999

Folder: 2:6.3  
Investigation Report by Rodriguez, Ripley, Maddox, and Motley Architects, of the Whalehead Club Chimneys and Decks
2003

Folder: 2:6.4  
Currituck Heritage Park Grounds Layout by Rodriguez, Ripley, Maddox, and Motley Architect Firm
2003

Folder: 2:6.5  
Mechanical Room Inspection
2004

Folder: 2:6.6  
Whalehead Club Preliminary Condition Assessment
2006

Folder: 2:6.7  
Whalehead Club Planned Site Improvement Projects
2007

Folder: 2:6.8  
Whalehead Club Goals
2005-2008

Folder: 2:6.9  
Design Development Cost Estimates for Site Improvements, Whalehead Club Restoration

Folder: 2:6.10  
Project Estimates for Whalehead Club Photographic Documentation

Folder: 2:6.11  
Estimates for Shingles

Folder: 4:6.12  
Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) Investigations at the Whalehead Club
2009

Folder: 4:6.13  
National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form

Folder: 4:6.14  
Furnishings Plan
2005-2009

Folder: 2:7.1  
Whalehead Preservation Club Policies and Procedures

Folder: 2:7.2  
Whalehead Preservation Trust Accessions Policy

Folder: 2:7.3  
Whalehead Preservation Trust Collections Policy

Folder: 2:7.4  
Whalehead Club Archive Inventory

8450  
Whalehead Preservation Trust By-laws

Folder: 2:7.5  
1991
1991
Folder: 2:7.6  
1993
1993
Folder: 2:7.7  
2007
2007

Folder: 2:7.8  
Whalehead Preservation Trust Board Members
2006-2007

Folder: 2:7.9  
Whalehead Preservation Trust Memorandum of Understanding with Currituck County
2007

Folder: 2:7.10  
Whalehead Preservation Trust Winter Work Plans

Folder: 2:7.11  
Whalehead Tour Guide
1996-2006

Folder: 3:7.12  
Whalehead Club Gun Room Exhibit

Folder: 3:7.13  
Whalehead Trust Lease Agreement Proposal to Currituck County Commissioners

Folder: 3:7.14  
Whalehead Preservation Trust Accomplishments
1999

8461  
Agreement Between Whalehead Preservation Trust and Currituck Wildlife Museum

Folder: 3:7.15  
1993
1993
Folder: 3:7.16  
1994
1994

Folder: 3:7.17  
Whalehead Club Volunteers
1999

Folder: 3:7.18  
Whalehead Club Docents
1998

Folder: 3:7.19  
Whalehead Preservation Trust Research Update
2002

Folder: 3:7.20  
Whalehead Boat Ramp
1990-2009

Folder: 3:7.21  
Development Committee of the Whalehead Preservation Trust: Responsibilities and Activities

Folder: 3:7.22  
Currituck Wildlife Museum

Folder: 3:7.23  
Currituck Wildlife Museum Organization and Funding Plan

Folder: 3:7.24  
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission: Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education Concept Summary
1999

Folder: 3:7.25  
First Draft of a Proposal for Whalehead Club Preservation Society and Currituck Wildlife Museum Foundation

Folder: 3:7.26  
Currituck Wildlife Education Center and Whalehead Club Interpretive Framework Outline
1999

Folder: 3:7.27  
Currituck Wildlife Guild Collection

Folder: 3:7.28  
Strategic Plan Six Month Progress Report
2008

Folder: 3:7.29  
Currituck Heritage Park Policies and Procedures: General Information

Folder: 3:7.30  
Currituck Heritage Park, "A Day of Celebration"
2002

Folder: 3:7.31  
Organizational Self-Assessment Check List

Folder: 3:7.32  
Fundraising

Folder: 3:7.33  
Knight's Ball

Folder: 3:7.34  
Knight's Ball, Missing Auction Items List

Folder: 3:7.35  
Whalehead Club Schedule of Events
2004-2008

Folder: 3:7.36  
"Restoring the Corolla Channel in the Currituck Sound"
2008

Folder: 3:7.37  
Ephemera

Folder: 3:7.38  
National Park Service NAGPRA Grants
2001

Folder: 3:7.39  
Whalehead Window, Newsletter for Whalehead Preservation Trust
2000-2008

Folder: 3:7.40  
Federation Bulletin, Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies Newsletter
1999

Folder: 3:7.41  
Whalehead Club Employees Handbook

Folder: 3:7.42  
Whalehead Club Job Descriptions

Folder: 3:7.43  
Whalehead Club Executive Director Recruitment Guidelines, Schedule and Interview Questions

Folder: 3:7.44  
Resumes, Employees and Potential Employees

Folder: 3:7.45  
Whalehead Club History, incomplete, missing pages

Folder: 4:7.46  
Technology
circa 2010

Folder: 4:7.47  
Order Form for Book
2004

Folder: 4:7.48  
Whalehead Preservation Trust Curator's Report
2006-2010

Folder: 4:7.49  
Timeline for Edward Collings Knight, Jr. (1863-1936)
2006

Folder: 1:4.1  
Currituck County Board of Commissioners Meeting Agendas
1999

Folder: 1:4.2  
Education Committee Meeting Notes
2007

Folder: 1:4.3  
Administrative Committee Meeting Minutes
2007

Folder: 1:4.4  
Executive Committee Meeting Minutes
2003-2009

8412  
Board of Trustees Meeting Minutes

Folder: 1:4.5  
1993-1998
1993-1998
Folder: 1:4.6  
1999-2002
1999-2002
Folder: 1:4.7  
2003-2009
2003-2009

Folder: 1:4.8  
Annual Meeting Minutes and Agendas
2004-2009

Folder: 1:4.9  
Board of Directors Retreat
2006

Folder: 3:4.10  
Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
2009-2010

Folder: 3:4.11  
New Board Member Orientation Packet
2006

Folder: 3:8.1  
Maps and Blueprints, Whalehead Hunt Club Property and Whalehead Hunt Club Restoration