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“Worth the detour or a trip from the Outerbanks”
Review of Somerset Place

Somerset Place
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Creswell
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

Even though the plantation owner's house was closed for renovation, we loved our tour. We had a wonderful guide who had a lot of knowledge and walked us through the enslaved people's houses and hospital as well as the dependencies of the owner's house. It is a bit off the main road but well worth the detour. It also would make a good rainy day destination from the Outerbanks. We detoured going from the Outerbanks to Norfolk. So glad we made this stop. We learned a lot and saw items we had never seen before.This would be great for kids as well as adults.

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Reviewed January 25, 2013

Somerset Place is a state historic site devoted to the interpretation of the plantation from two perspectives: the Collins family who owned the plantation, and the enslaved population who did the work. Guides do an excellent job providing educational tours of the site that include a number of buildings and dependencies. Well worth a visit when you are in Washington County.

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Reviewed December 31, 2012

This was a very quick glimpse into the past. Not much there to see. If you are looking for something to do and you don't have anything else to do, sto by.

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Reviewed November 1, 2012

We were vacationing on Cape Hatteras and had to leave early because of Hurricane Sandy so once we got back to the mainland we decided to do a little sightseeing even though the rain and wind was a little bothersome. From the literature I had picked up read all about Somerset Place on the North Carolina historic site tour, so we decided to take a little detour and go see it and were we ever glad that we did. From the buildings to the detailed presentation given to us personally (no other visitors) and the powerpoint presentation of the actual house (it was closed for renovation), it was just awesome!!! The ranger was willing to give us a personal tour of all the out buildings including the hospital on site but the wind and rain was getting pretty bad so we said next time because we will be back! He told us that the renovation of the owner home would probably be completed in about 8 or 9 months so we plan on going back after that because the pictures that were in the powerpoint presentation showed that the 14 room owner home was furnished just like pre-civil war and due to the generous contributions from the Collins family descendants most of the furnishings are from the time period when the Collins family lived there. The pictures, records, journal entries, buildings, property and location make this a must see stop if you are in the area.

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Reviewed October 12, 2012

After reading "Letters from a Slave Girl: The Story of Harriet Jacobs" by Mary E. Lyons, for my middle school AG Battle of the Books teams, my sons and I visited Somerset Place. We were greatly impressed with the architectural preservation, and very moved by the historical interpretation by the staff and volunteers at Somerset Place. We made a video for presentation to my students (and principals-to approve a field trip). Well prepared, informed, and eager to experience Somerset Place, those students had the best field trip experience ever, thanks to the dedicated staff.

The hands-on-learning, with candle dipping, corn husk doll making, and rope-making taught them just how much work it took to be prepared for daily living 160 years ago.
Driving to the site, you pass miles of canal, which were used to ship goods from Lake Phelps, and the surrounding plantations & farms, to the Scuppernong River & Albemarle Sound. You really need to stop and think about all those human beings who had labored to dig the canals by hand, hour by hour, day by day, nearly two centuries ago.
It was a moment of somber reflection when we stopped the bus, midway, and as far as you could see, north and south, was that canal.
The students enjoyed a picnic lunch at Pettigrew State Park, which is adjacent to Somerset Place, on Lake Phelps.
After lunch, we ventured into Edenton to take our own tour of places mentioned in Letters from A Slave Girl.

Since those days, we have gone back many times, especially to explore the area by bicycle.

My recommendation is to pack a lunch, and take your bicycles, riding the roads nearby, after your tour.

Bear in mind that settlers cleared the lands you are viewing. People seem to forget what state this continent was in, pre-Columbian. Just something to think about as you ride.

And if you get tired while riding, just think about digging that canal. Those people did not have a choice, if they wished to survive.
Count your blessings as you ride.

You will be glad that you did.

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