30. The Wyatt Family

Job P. Wyatt purchased Oak View with his business partner Phil Taylor in 1886. By 1889, Wyatt had bought out his partner and was the sole owner of the farm. Rather than live at Oak View, the Wyatts lived in town and operated Oak View as a business farm under the direction of a farm manager, who would have lived in this house. The farm manager from around 1900 to 1920 was George Washington Williams, who was of no relation to the Williams family that previously owned the house. After Williams retired, Wyatt hired James A. Jones to manage the farm. Since the farm manager took care of the day-to-day operations, the Wyatt family used Oak View as a country estate, visiting primarily on weekends.  Under the leadership of Job P. Wyatt and after his death, Job’s son William, the family operated the Job P. Wyatt and Sons Company and the Wyatt-Quarles Seed Company. The Wyatts used Oak View as a site to experiment with different seeds. The Wyatt-Quarles Seed Company continues to operate in Raleigh today.