Historic Corolla Park


Picture Corolla, North Carolina, in 1922. There’s the Currituck Beach Lighthouse here, a U.S. Life- Saving Station, a post office, a one-room schoolhouse, and a smattering of stores and lots of wild deer, boar, and horses. Despite the existence of several small Outer Banks communities (remember, the official monikers North Carolina’s Outer Banks or Currituck Outer Banks didn’t begin until decades later), with names of Wash Woods, Seagull, Poyners Hill and Whalehead or Currituck Beach (now Corolla, NC), the number of people calling this area home is very small. The villages have no electricity, that won’t come until 1955, no paved roads, no modern infrastructure. But what Corolla, NC, does have is an abundance of duck, geese and other waterfowl. Birds from this area are shipped up and down the East Coast to appear on the plates of top big-city restaurants, and guiding is one of the mainstays of making a living in this remote stretch of sand, along with fishing and raising cattle. Residents are poor, yes, but determinedly self-sufficient and hardy. And, besides, the inlets on both ends of the island cut the population off from the rest of the world such that Corolla residents don’t have a lot of comparison.

1100 Club Drive

Corolla, NC

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