Permanent Exhibits

There are a number of permanent exhibits at Oak View.

The Cotton Gin House

Housed inside the ca. 1900 Cotton Gin House, "From Field to Fiber" tells the history of cotton farming in North Carolina.

The Farm History Center

Visit the Farm History Center for information and exhibits about North Carolina's agricultural history. You can also explore an authentic sharecropper's cabin, furnished to interpret the lives of sharecroppers in both the 1890s and the 1940s.


The Plank Kitchen

Inside the ca. 1825 detached kitchen, you can learn more about 19th century cooking practices and how those practices have changed over time.


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