Somerset

A representative look at 19-century life on a North Carolina plantation. Originally covering 100,000 swamp acres, the land was gradually converted to serve as fields and lumber mills. Groups tour the Collins Family Home and other buildings of the time, including a rations building, smokehouse, and salting house. The site also has exhibits, trails, and other historical structures. Following their tour, led by costumed interpreter, groups can make a traditional craft to take home. Possible projects include making a gourd bowl, making rope, hearth cooking, candle dipping, a sedge broom, ginning cotton by hand, and weaving a basket.
 
Trip Info 
Address: 2572 Lake Shore Road, Creswell, NC 27928. Washington County. Tel: 252-797-4560. Email: somerset@ncdcr.gov. Website: www.nchistoricsites.org/somerset. Hrs: Tues.-Sat. 9AM-5PM.
 
Contact Info 
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Day Trips, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: Varies. Cost: Free.
 
SUPPORTS CLASSROOM LEARNING IN: Social Studies.
SUPPORTS SCOUT BADGES IN: Social Studies. 

Lesson Plan To Enrich This Class Trip

Historic Site Lesson Plan

While visiting one of the many historical sites around the country, such as Philadelphia’s Independence Hall or Washington D.C.’s National Mall, consider reasons for preserving them. They are historically significant and can be visited, toured, and admired. Students learn about the historical relevance of specific historical sites and the importance of preserving these sites.... Continue