Learn about the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of 19th century North Carolina farm life at Oak View Country Park, a historic farmstead 7 miles east of downtown. The Greek Revival-style farm house was built in 1855 by the Williams family, who grew cotton on the surrounding acreage using the labor of their 10 slaves. Today, five of the original farm buildings remain. One of the highlights is the freestanding kitchen, built separately from the house to avoid overheating the living space with oven heat during sticky North Carolina summers. The on-site visitors center hosts a variety of interesting temporary exhibits, from collections of Depression-era photos to artifacts from North Carolina textile mills.
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