Somerset Place State Historic Site, Washington County, N.C.
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.
Plantation stocks at Somerset Place State Historic Site
- Historic Structures
- Visitors tour The Collins Family Home (ca. 1830) and related domestic dependencies including the Dairy, Kitchen/Laundry, Kitchen Rations Building, Smokehouse, and Salting House. Reconstructed buildings related to the enslaved community include the Suckey Davis Home, Lewis and Judy's Home, and the Plantation Hospital. Archaeological remains of several other buildings and the plantation grounds (including stocks where slaves were punished) can also be explored.
- Exposed foundations of buildings within the enslaved community include an outside hearth and cistern, and the Lake Chapel.
- Visitor Center
- The visitor center in the Colony House features a chronological exhibit illustrating the history of the site
and antebellum North Carolina.
- Trails, Monuments, Outdoor Exhibits
- The Pete Thompson Memorial Garden, completed in 1996, is adjacent to the parking lot. Nature trails link Somerset Place with Pettigrew State Park and the Pettigrew family cemetery.
- Handicapped Accessibility
- The visitor center is accessible to all visitors, and restrooms are ADA compliant.
- Picnic Facilities
- Camping and picnic facilities are available in the adjacent Pettigrew State Park.
- Gift Shop
- Relevant literature, period toys, souvenirs, local crafts, and novelty items are available at the gift shop located in
the visitor center.
Programs, Group Activities
Hands-on educational programs are available during the spring and fall for scheduled groups. Christmas Open House is held on the first Sunday in December of each year.
Guided tours are available upon request. We ask that groups make reservations in advance.
No admission fees. Donations are accepted.
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