Historic Oak View County Park is excited to announce the addition of a late-nineteenth century tenant house to the existing farm landscape! The building made its eleven-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 6 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 over one hundred thousand people who visit Oak View each year. We need to raise $20,000 in order to receive a matching $20,000 from the Marion Stedman Covington Foundation.
Would you consider helping us meet this goal? Remember, every dollar helps!
For the remainder of 2013, we will be selling raffle tickets for a chance to win a beautiful quilt!
See pictures from the day the Tenant House moved to Oak View!
Watch a video about the Tenant House Restoration Project!