November is Pecan Pickin’ Month at Historic Oak View County Park, 4028 Carya Drive, Raleigh. During regular business hours of the park, you can come and harvest a small bag of pecans from the grove.
It is free!
The pecan crop can vary year to year. So there could be a lot, or there could be not so many. It goes without saying that you shouldn’t be depending on Pecan Pickin’ Month at Historic Oak View County Park as the main source of sustenance for your family. It’s just fun. And when they’re gone, they’re gone.
The hours are:
Monday to Saturday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
What you need to know:
- Pick only pecans that have fallen from the tree. If they haven’t fallen they aren’t ready.
- Do not climb into, throw things at, or harm any tree in any way.
- Please be courteous and take only one (lunch-bag sized) bag worth of pecans for your family. If you need a bag you can get one from the Farm History Center. And you can ask any questions you have there as well.
Oak View’s Pecan Grove is the largest in Wake County. The original pecan trees were planted during the 1910s and 1920s to supplement the farm income.
While you’re there, why not explore Historic Oak View County Park? It’s a 19th century historic farmstead with a mission to interpret North Carolina’s agricultural heritage and rural history.
There are a number of opportunities for self-guided and guided tours. There’s no charge for guided tours and hikes for small groups, but they must be scheduled in advance by calling 212-7695.
Also, Historic Oak View County Park offers a “Get Your Bearings” Compass Activity for older kids, and an Adventure Backpack Series for younger kids. All are free.
Permanent exhibits and structures at Historic Oak View County Park
The Cotton Gin House: “From Field to Fiber” tells the history of cotton farmer in North Carolina
The Farm History Center: There’s an authentic sharecropper’s cabin, furnished to interpret the lives of sharecroppers in both the 1890s and 1940s.
The Plank Kitchen: Learn about 19th century cooking practices in the 1825 detached kitchen.
Livestock Barn: Built around 1900, it housed the farm’s horses , mules, chickens, cows and hogs. Kids can experience farm chores in the interactive area “All in a Day’s Work.”
Carriage House: Built around 1900 and later converted to a garage, today this building houses the park’s restrooms, as well as a restored wagon.
Main Farmhouse: This two-story house was built around 1855.
Goats and chickens at Historic Oak View County Park
The first goats arrived at Historic Oak View in 2001. Now, according to Oak View’s website, there are five Nubian and Mini-Nubian goats that you can visit. They like to eat apples (cut into small pieces) and baby carrots, but check with park staff first, just in case they’ve already had lots of treats.
And since 2016 there have also been chickens at Oak View. There are three breeds: Buff Orpington, Silver Lace Wyandotte, and Ameraucana. The chicken coop is next to the Tenant House.