Somerset Place State Historic Site [NC]
One of the upper South's largest antebellum plantations, Somerset Place was home from 17851865 to 850 enslaved people, three generations of owners, and around 50 white and two black employees. It once included more than 100,000 wooded, swampy acres bordering Lake Phelps, where such crops as rice were cultivated. Today, the 31-acre site offers a realistic view of 19th-century life on a large North Carolina plantation through seven original buildings and meshes the lifestyles of all of the plantation's residents in one concise chronological social history.
The site offers exhibits, tours, educational programs, and occasional recreational and educational events.