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Somerset Place State Historic Site

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There is a lot of history and details known about this site. Some of the buildings are original... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Raleigh, NC
Mark Adams

After extensive research, I was able reconstruct my family tree, for my fraternal grandmother... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Mark A
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2572 Lake Shore Rd, Creswell, NC 27928-9174
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is a lot of history and details known about this site. Some of the buildings are original: some are reconstructed and some just have the outline of their foundations. The staff was friendly and helpful. There is a 90 minute tour which we did...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

After extensive research, I was able reconstruct my family tree, for my fraternal grandmother. Although residents of Philadelphia, I was led from the north to Faunsdale Plantation and the Sommerset. The first in our tree to set foot on Amercan soil was Kiddy, who was...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 11 December 2018

I highly recommend making a trip to Somerset Place. This is a historic site that is truly off the beaten path but well worth it. It is insightful to see the slave quarters and learn of the freed people history. Educated guides and well kept...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 29 July 2018

Somerset Place gives visitors "a comprehensive social history exploring the family life of all former plantation residents: the planter family, overseers, as well as freed and enslaved blacks." We were very impressed with the structures and artifacts that had been preserved or reconstructed. Our guide,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 6 May 2018 via mobile

What a beautiful gem for the state of North Carolina. The site at Lake Phelps provides a beautiful respite to the asphalt jungle. Nature abounds in both sight and smell in every direction you turn. The stately home and additional quarters and buildings depict how...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

My family stopped in and toured the grounds an gardens, the buildings were closed but it was a nice stopover.

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed 19 February 2018

Somerset Place, a North Carolina state historic site in eastern Washington County, pulls double-duty, serving as both a testament to the vision and enterprise of Josiah Collins and his successors and to the industry and accomplishments of the plantation’s work force – West African slaves....More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 21 October 2017

Our tour guide Crystal gave my friend and me one of the most in-depth tours I have ever experienced. She first took us through some of the slave buildings and talked about everything from work in the fields to treatment in the infirmary. Then she...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

This restored plantation included tours of the original home and out buildings. Slave quarters and the overseers house were replicated based on documents found on the grounds. We received a free 90 minute guided tour which was very interesting. I would highly recommend visiting this...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 8 September 2017

I'd been wanting to see this place for years and finally got the chance. The place is in the most serene location on Lake Phelps. The buildings and grounds were beautifully maintained. Access was long (be prepared to walk a lot on sometimes uneven paths...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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8 January 2019|
Response from Mark A | Reviewed this property |
I called in advance and scheduled a private tour. After cross referencing data with archives in Raleigh, I scheduled another date for my grandmother. Both were on weekdays.
8 January 2019|
Response from GypsyInTheClouds | Reviewed this property |
Please double check the location website to confirm they are open on the Saturday you plan to travel as they may not be open all year. This is a really remote location (at least it felt that way to me). As far as how long... More
21 August 2017|
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Response from paulbG5670VH | Reviewed this property |
I don't know but I would suggest you call them and ask. They are very helpful. (252) 797-4560