Somerset Place

Slavery – Plantation Life

Somerset Place is a representative state historic site offering a comprehensive and realistic view of 19th-century life on a large North Carolina plantation. Originally, this unusual plantation included more than 100,000 densely wooded, mainly swampy acres bordering the five-by-eight mile Lake Phelps, in present-day Washington County. During its 80 years as an active plantation (1785-1865), hundreds of acres were converted into high yielding fields of rice, corn, oats, wheat, beans, peas, and flax; sophisticated sawmills turned out thousands of feet of lumber. By 1865, Somerset Place was one of the upper South's largest plantations. Continued

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Somerset Place

Special GPS Notice

Many visitors report trouble using GPS navigation when driving here. We suggest taking exit 558 from highway US64. Then simply follow the signs to Somerset Place. (Lat: 35.789148/Long:-76.403627)

What's New

  • Looking for a memorable venue for your wedding or event? Select locations at Somerset Place are available for that special occasion. Contact Karen Hayes at (252) 797-4560 to discuss your needs.

Call for Volunteers!

Somerset Place State Historic Site is actively recruiting volunteers to help at the site. Various opportunities are available, including events, visitor services, and site grounds assistance. All interested individuals are encouraged to call the site at (252) 797-4560 for more information on the volunteer program.

Upcoming Events

  • March 31:
    Easter Egg-Stravaganza

    Saturday, 1 - 3 pm
    Warmer weather and blooming flowers are the perfect cue for the Somerset Place Easter Egg-Stravaganza. Round up the kids, grab the camera for a photo op, pack a picnic lunch and hippity hop your way to Somerset Place for an egg-arrific good time!
    The children can bring their Easter baskets or bags and enjoy crafts, demonstrations and fun. Be sure to plan to meet the Easter Bunny. An egg hunt will be held for children ages ten and under, and will start at 1 p.m. There will be two separate hunting areas, one for ages five and under, and another for ages six to 10. Find a golden egg and win an Easter basket filled with goodies.
    Children age 10 and older can make a small basket with help from a historic interpreter, and master a time-honored craft. The activity fee for the egg hunt (children 10 and under only) or basket weaving (age 10 and up) is $2 each.

  • April 14:
    Yard and Market Sale

    Saturday, 10 am - 2 pm
    The community, civic clubs, organizations and local churches are being invited to bring their gently used items, crafts, baked goods and preserves to sell. It's a great way to enjoy homemade goods and buy local. Whether shopping or selling, it will be a great way to meet neighbors and enjoy the quality goods and creativity in the community. A portion of the grounds will be offered for rent to vendors at a rate of $15.00 per space. Historic Interpreters will offer hands-on craft activities for $2.15 for each activity during the event. Call to reserve your space today!

  • Stay tuned for upcoming events . . .

View NC DNCR Upcoming Events Calendar

Somerset Place Information

Contact Us

Somerset Place
2572 Lake Shore Road
Creswell, N.C. 27928
Phone: (252) 797-4560
Fax: (252) 797-4171

Hours of Operation

Tuesday - Saturday 9 am - 5 pm

Call ahead for hours of operation for state and federal holidays.

Admission Fee

Admission is free. Donations are welcome and appreciated.


Allow 90 minutes for orientation and a guided tour of the buildings and grounds. Wear comfortable walking shoes and appropriate clothing. See Educational Program link for student group tours.

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