Exhibits on Display at Historic Oak View:
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 NC farming, and be sure to visit the Plank Kitchen to see how cooking was done a century ago.
Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War
April 19, 2013 through May 26, 2013
Using the U.S. Constitution as its cohesive thread, "Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War" offers a fresh and innovative perspective on the Civil War that brings into focus the constitutional crises at the heart of this great conflict. The exhibit identifies three crises – the secession of the Southern states, slavery and wartime civil liberties – and explores how Lincoln sought to meet these political and constitutional challenges.
"Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War" is a collaboration between NEH, NCC and ALA, and is brought to Oak View through a grant from the ALA.
Unfortunately, we are now at capacity for tours of this exhibition. However, the exhibition is open to the public and visitors are welcome to view it on their own.
Oak View is also offering a few public special events
in conjunction with this traveling exhibition!
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 exhibition at your institution, please contact Emily Catherman, Park Manager at 919-212-7958 or by email at