- For the Georgian crescent in Bath, England, see 'Somerset Place .
is a former plantation
in Washington County
, North Carolina
, along the northern shore of Lake Phelps
, and now a State Historic Site. Somerset Place operated as a plantation from 1785 until 1865. Before the end of the American Civil War
, Somerset Place had become one of the Upper South's largest plantations.
In 1969, Somerset Place was designated as a State Historic Site. In 1986, descendants of African American slaves
from Somerset Place planned a gathering known as Somerset Homecoming.
Visitors can tour the 1830s period plantation house, the dairy, kitchen/laundry, kitchen rations building, smokehouse
house. The site features several reconstructed buildings for the plantation's slaves, including two homes and the plantation hospital; the grounds include stocks
that were used to punish slaves.
The visitor center's exhibits display the history of the site and antebellum
North Carolina. There is also a gift shop.
Nature trails lead to Pettigrew State Park
, which adjoins the site.