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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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, I'd say anywhere from 30 minutes just to see the highlights to 3 hours if you want to go on a tour and dig in. The tour is about 45 minutes from what I recall. I highly suggest as the folks I met really were interesting and provided a great perspective. You could tell they really cared about the place. If you have time, I enjoyed the boardwalk over the swamp just behind the house. Safe travels!