Somerset Place State Historic Site

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  • 2572 Lake Shore Rd.

    Creswell,   NC   27928


Somerset Place is an antebellum plantation offering an insightful view of life before the Civil War. It is one of North Carolina’s most significant African American heritage sites. During its existence (1785-1865), it was one of the state’s most prosperous rice, corn and wheat plantations and home to more than 300 slaves. Eighty of the slaves were brought to Somerset directly from their West African homeland due to their firsthand knowledge of rice cultivation. Guided tours are available of the site including the Collins Family Home and related dependencies. Reconstructed buildings related to the enslaved community includes Suckey Davis' Home, Lewis and Judy’s Home, and the Plantation Hospital. Archaeological remains of several buildings and the plantation grounds (including stocks where slaves were punished) can also be explored.

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2572 Lake Shore Rd.
Creswell NC 27928


Latitude: 35° 47' 21.12" / Longitude: -76° 24' 12.9594"

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From U.S. 64 in Creswell follow the brown signs south through downtown Creswell. Turn right on Thirty-Foot Road. Proceed for approximately five miles, and turn left on Lake Shore Road. Somerset Place is on the right approximately one-half mile past Pettigrew State Park headquarters.

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