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

  • December 3:
    Christmas Open House

    Sunday, 1 - 4 pm
    Tis the Season! Explore, enjoy, and experience the Christmas season at Somerset Place. Visitors will be inspired by traditional holiday decorations of fresh greenery, natural and floral arrangements on display that will adorn the exterior and interior of the plantation buildings. Enjoy Christmas music, share a tasty sampling of open hearth-cooked black-eyed peas and cornbread cooked by Historic Interpreters; sip hot spiced tea and delight yourself in homemade desserts. For younger audiences, jolly Saint Nicholas will visit from 2- 4 pm in the Collins House. All the site buildings will be open for self-guided tours. The program is free and will capture the spirit of an old-fashioned Christmas. Donations are welcome.

  • 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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