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  • Historic Stagville: Read about the history of the plantation, the Bennehan and Cameron families who owned the plantation, the slave community, the structures on the plantation, and the effect the Civil War had on Stagville Plantation.
  • Mendenhall Plantation: A visit to the Mendenhall Plantation shows students that there were dissenters to slavery in antebellum North Carolina. Buildings on the property include the main house, an old school house, the Madison Lindsay House and Medical School, a spring house, and a barn. There is also a restored wagon that may have been used to help runaway slaves.
  • The Foscue Plantation House: This restored plantation home has a rich history and exhibits family artifacts and period pieces.

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This historic site offers a comprehensive and realistic view of nineteenth-century life on a large-scale North Carolina plantation. The interpretive tours "integrate the lifestyles of all of the plantation’s residents into one concise chronological social history of the plantation’s eighty-year life span. Through one general tour visitors explore the lives of the plantation’s owners, enslaved community, employed whites, and free blacks." The plantation, which was owned by the Collins family, was home to 800 slaves who came from their West African homeland in 1786. Students will participate in hands-on programs which show the daily life on the plantation during the antebellum period. They will learn how life has changed over time.

Somerset Place is located at 2572 Lake Shore Road in Creswell, North Carolina. To make a reservation for a group tour, call (252) 797-4560 or send email to somerset@ncmail.net.

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