County breaks ground on Maritime Museum

Members of the Currituck County Board of Commissioners and the Historic Boat and Building Advisory Board officially kicked off construction of the Maritime Museum during a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, October 17, 2019 in Corolla. The museum’s site is located in Historic Corolla Park, near the Currituck Beach Lighthouse and Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education.

Commissioners Bob White, Mike Payment, Mary Etheridge, Owen Etheridge, and Selina Jarvis joined advisory board members, county staff, citizens, and officials from Sussex Development Corporation to celebrate the project’s beginning. Sussex Development, which has previously built other facilities in Currituck, is the lead contractor for the Maritime Museum.

The Maritime Museum will house historic boats, artifacts, and other displays that will tell the stories of local businesses and citizens who worked and played on the various waterways of Currituck County.  This facility will also add to the historical richness of Historic Corolla Park, which also includes the Whalehead Club, and help visitors learn more about the county’s unique heritage.

Updates and photos will be published occasionally during the building’s construction. The museum is expected to be completed by the fall of 2020.