Archaeological surveys and excavation projects by the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office staff include ongoing (since 1985) beach surveys for abandoned/wrecked ships, work at the MacKnight Shipyard, and on the Civil War-era ship Scuppernong. Several prehistoric burial (ossuary) sites have been studied, and 126 prehistoric and historic archaeological sites are recorded in the Historic Preservation Office's state inventory.
The Historic Preservation Office has assisted with preservation grants totaling $45,662 in federal funds and $130,000 in state appropriations for projects including the Currituck Beach Light Station, Currituck Teacherage, the Whalehead Club, and Open Space Planning.
NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES
Currituck County historic properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places include the County Courthouse and Jail, the Whalehead Club, the Currituck Shooting Club, Currituck Beach Lighthouse Complex, the former Grandy School, Shaw and Twin Houses in Shawboro, and the prehistoric Native American Baum Site near Poplar Branch.
In 1995, the Historic Preservation Office awarded a federal matching grant to Currituck County to prepare a case study for a guidebook to assist developers in designing rural subdivisions so that cultural and natural resources may be protected.
The Historic Preservation Office, East Carolina University, and the Currituck County Historical Society cooperated in the 1993-1994 archaeological field schools at the MacKnight and Scuppernong shipwreck sites, which provided information for an East Carolina University Master's thesis in the Maritime History program.
The Historic Preservation Office has provided technical restoration assistance for the Whalehead Club, Currituck Beach Lighthouse Complex, the Currituck Teacherage, plus measured drawings of the endangered Roberts Stable and Barn, and restoration and paint research for the Currituck County Courthouse in 1990-1994.