​Exhibits on Display at Historic Oak View

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Nuestras Historias, Nuestros Sueños/Our Stories, Our Dreams
A collaboration of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University and Student Action with Farmworkers, this temporary exhibit presents stories and photographs about the experiences of Latino immigrants, illuminating their reasons for coming to this country, and the obstacles they face once they arrive. In particular, the project focuses on farmworker families in the Carolinas: their dreams for the future, their traditions, their educational aspirations, and their challenges as they try to pursue higher education.

On display: February 11–May 7, 2017 during regular business hours (Mon-Sat, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m./Sun 1-5 p.m.)

Permanent Exhibits

There are a number of permanent exhibits at Oak View. Visit the Cotton Gin House to learn about cotton farming, visit the Farm History Center for an overview about North Carolina agricultural history, and be sure to visit the Plank Kitchen learn more about cooking practices from 100 years ago.


Traveling exhibits available for loan

Explore North Carolina history through two traveling exhibits from
Historic Oak View County Park!
  • Ideal for small or medium museums, galleries and libraries.
  • Affordable! (Borrowing institution simply covers shipping/transportation costs)
  • Flexible loan periods available!
In Search of a New Deal: Images of North Carolina, 1935–1941
Created by Historic Oak View County Park staff in 2004, "In Search of A New Deal" is an extraordinary exhibit featuring 50 of the most significant documentary photographs ever produced. In vivid detail and striking black-and-white contrast, it magnificently displays images of the Great Depression in North Carolina.
The Rhythm of the Factory: Life and Labor in North Carolina's Textile Mill Communities
Created by Historic Oak View County Park staff in 2006, "The Rhythm of the Factory" is a fascinating exhibit that vividly captures the unique aspects of life in textile mill communities. Learn how the mills influenced various facets of the workers' lives, discover the bonds that developed between neighbors, and explore the legacy that the textile mill communities have imprinted on North Carolina's rich history.
For more information, or to arrange to host a traveling exhibit at your institution, please contact Emily Catherman Fryar, Park Manager, at 919-212-7958 or by email at