Tenant House Progress Report
Restoration is in full swing! Recently both chimneys were completed on the sides of the tenant house, and more exterior work will done to finish up the sidings. By the fall, we fully expect the Tenant House exterior to be completely restored! You can see in the pictures below several of the efforts being done to the Tenant House as the restoration continues.
Another way you can help is by purchasing your copy of the book, "The Goats at Night
," for $15, all of which goes directly to the Tenant House Restoration Project.
Tenant House Restoration Project: Background Information
Historic Oak View County Park is excited to announce the addition of a late-19th century tenant house to the existing farm landscape! The building made its 11-mile journey on September 1, 2012, from its former location in Wendell to its new home at Historic Oak View County Park.
Recent research efforts at Historic Oak View County Park have yielded information about the enslaved African-Americans, and later tenant laborers, who created a community of their own alongside the middle class landowners. Though tenancy was widespread on farms across the country, and as many as six tenant houses once existed at Oak View, these houses are rarely preserved.
The Tenant House places a unique emphasis on the often neglected history of emancipated African-Americans and tenant laborers in the South and will be the focus of new interpretive programs at the park. The Oak View Tenant House will be one of the few in the country to be interpreted for public use and will place the history of tenancy into the broader story of North Carolina's agricultural past.
By donating to the Tenant House Restoration Fund, you can help ensure that this story, this very important part of Oak View’s history, continues to be told to the more than 100,000 people who visit Oak View each year.
Would you consider helping us meet our goal? Remember, every dollar helps!
See pictures from the day the Tenant House moved to Oak View!
Watch a video about the Tenant House Restoration Project!