2572 Lake Shore Road, Creswell, NC, USA
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Somerset Place Creswell Reviews
Place setting... Dec 28, 2012
This is a partially restored southern plantation located within Pettigrew State Park (there is no admission to tour the site!). The plantation was a larger one, though cotton was not farmed here: rice, corn and oats, among other vegetable crops, were the main income source, accompanied by lumbering. The size of the plantation can be appreciated by enumerating the many structures on the property – sawmills, homes for the owner and managers, 26 houses for the slave population, several barns, a storehouse, a smokehouse, a salting house, even a hospital and a chapel!
Somerset Place began in 1785, and remained in operation until 1870. After the civil war the plantation quickly steered towards bankruptcy and was unloaded by the Collins family, the founding proprietors. The buildings rotted away for seventy years until Pettigrew State Park came into existence in 1939. Somerset Place was soon declared a state historic site and restoration initiatives began.
Seven of the original buildings remained and several replicas have been added. These are tastefully accented with period tools and furniture, bearing witness to the stark lives faced by slaves. During our visit it was obvious a major restoration was underway around the owner’s mansion, so perhaps soon you will be able to peek inside? A worthwhile visit, especially if you are hiking - our trail crossed right through Somerset Place.
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