Curnutte resigns as director of Elizabethan Gardens

By on January 14, 2022

Elizabethan Gardens

The Elizabethan Gardens has just released this Jan. 14 announcement that long-time Executive Director Carl Curnutte is resigning his post.

 According to the statement, Linda Davenport, President of the Board of Governors said, “We accepted Carl’s resignation with a tender heart. His dedication to the Gardens has helped us grow and become a premier attraction of the Outer Banks. We wish him the best.”

For the past 12 years, Curnutte has served as Executive Director of The Elizabethan Gardens, a non-profit that began and has remained a project of the Garden Club of North Carolina since 1951. Carl’s admiration for the beauty of Roanoke Island and passion for her history has benefitted the attraction.            

During his time at The Gardens, he has overseen profound changes, installing new garden walkways, strengthening an aging irrigation system, repairing time-worn buildings, reinventing treasured events, energizing donors and volunteers, and constructing a butterfly center and children’s educational play area.

 “I sing the praises of the board and staff of The Elizabethan Gardens,” remarked Curnutte. “I will be working with them during the transition and assisting the search committee as needed.”

“Although we will miss his direct influence, we know Carl remains a friend of the gardens and a special part of our history,” added Davenport.  

Anyone interested in applying for the Executive Director position can email or mail their résumé to: Search Committee; 1411 National Park Drive; Manteo, NC 27954; or send to





  • Tony

    That place is no different than hotline under his leadership.

    Friday, Jan 14 @ 7:18 pm
  • Sandy Ross

    He never worked for Hotline.

    Saturday, Jan 15 @ 8:18 pm
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