Mattamuskeet Lodge



  • 38 Refuge Road

    Swan Quarter,   NC   27885


At the time it was completed in 1915, Mattamuskeet Lodge was the largest pumping station in the world. Plans for the town of New Holland were laid out around the pumping station as a great effort was made to drain and farm the lake. Four huge centrifugal pumps were installed to pump water from the lake into a canal that was dug a distance of some seven miles from the Pamlico Sound. After several attempts to drain the lake failed, in 1932 the pumping plant was shut down and the lake began to refill.Mattamuskeet Lodge has been closed to the public since November 2000 due to concerns about the structural safety of the building. In late 2006, the U. S. Government deeded the Lodge and over 6 acres of surrounding property to the State of North Carolina. The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is the new agency that will be in charge of renovating and maintaining the Lodge. It is anticipated that it will take approximately four years to complete the renovations and it is again open to the public. In the meantime, the outside of the building makes great photo opportunities, and information regarding it’s rich history are available on the grounds. Mattamuskeet Lodge is one of many sites on the Historic Albemarle Tour (

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38 Refuge Road
Swan Quarter NC 27885


Latitude: 35° 27' 5.0394" / Longitude: -76° 10' 52.6794"

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