Somerset Place

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Somerset Place State Historic Site
Somerset Place
Somerset Place is located in North Carolina
Somerset Place
Somerset Place is located in the US
Somerset Place
Location In Pettigrew State Park, near Creswell, North Carolina
Coordinates 35°47′16.84″N 76°24′18.38″W / 35.7880111°N 76.4051056°W / 35.7880111; -76.4051056
Area 7 acres (2.8 ha)
Built 1830
Architectural style Other, "double-pile" plan
NRHP reference # 70000481[1]
Added to NRHP February 26, 1970

Somerset Place is a former plantation near Creswell in Washington County, North Carolina, along the northern shore of Lake Phelps, and now a State Historic Site that belongs to the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Somerset Place operated as a plantation from 1785 until 1865. Before the end of the American Civil War, Somerset Place had become one of the Upper South's largest plantations.[2][3]

In 1969, Somerset Place was designated as a State Historic Site. In 1986, descendants of African American slaves from Somerset Place planned a gathering known as Somerset Homecoming.[4] The event inspired a book titled "Somerset Homecoming" written by the property's former manager Dorothy Spruill Redford, who retired in 2008.[5]

Visitors can tour the 1830s period plantation house, the dairy, kitchen/laundry, kitchen rations building, smokehouse and salting house. The site features several reconstructed buildings for the plantation's slaves, including two homes and the plantation hospital; the grounds include stocks that were used to punish slaves.

The visitor center's exhibits display the history of the site and antebellum North Carolina. There is also a gift shop.

Nature trails lead to Pettigrew State Park, which adjoins the site.


  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Somerset Place - colossal slave-built plantation - North Carolina's African-American Culture: Advertising Travel Supplement" in FindArticles, April-May, 1995. Retrieved May 2, 2008.
  3. ^ Raymond F. Pisney (February 1970). "Somerset Place State Historic Site" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2015-06-01. 
  4. ^ " Restored Plantation Is Peek Into The Past" in The Virginian-Pilot, June 1, 1997. Retrieved May 2, 2008.
  5. ^ "Dorothy Spruill Redford" in UNC-TV, 2001 Archived 2008-05-16 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved May 2, 2008.

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