I took my "final" hike there. I definitely miss that place!
After touring the light, we headed around Corolla Village. It must have been an isolated and difficult way of life when this village was the main town in this area. Some of the buildings were built in the 1880's. The schoolhouse, recently used for education once again, was built in the 1890's.
I would have loved to go in the chapel, but it was closed and locked up. It had a lovely stained glass window featuring a pelican and her chicks.
While walking along, we came upon this turtle. She started digging a nest with her hind feet a few moments later, and we left her in peace.
We walked along a nature trail through wetlands,
visited the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education, and then, we toured the beautifully restored Whalehead Club, built in 1922. At was the winter home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Knight.
Funny story - this extremely wealthy couple, unmarried at the time, both loved to duck hunt. Duck, goose, and swan hunting was the rage among many wealthy people, and this part of North Carolina was the place to come for it. At one point, the waterfowl were so thick that people called them "smoke." So the Knights petitioned to join one of the many duck hunting clubs. They were denied. First, they were unmarried yet traveling together. Second, the club members didn't want a woman in their midst. So Mr. Knight didn't get mad, he got even. He bought the 2,000 acres that the club leased for hunting, and evicted them. Then, they built their beautiful home - something like 20,000 square feet, I think - on a prime spot on the acreage. It is well worth a tour, and the Art Nouveau architecture and furnishings are very interesting.
We ended our three hour visit by walking past the restored boathouse for the Whalehead Club, with a nice view of the lighthouse in the background.