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Somerset “Crafts and Crops Day” Shares Fun and Food

Join the corn-on-the-cobb eating contest at Somerset Place Oct. 21.

Corn was a major staple and cash crop at Somerset Plantation and is at the core of the Somerset Place State Historic Site “Crafts and Crops Day,” Oct. 21, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors can experience hands-on activities of making corn husk dolls and brooms. Staff will demonstrate corn shelling, grinding and hearth cooking cornbread.  Best of all will be the corn-on-the-cobb eating contest!

Cotton ginning, candle dipping and other period craft demonstrations will be shared, along with colonial children’s games such as Snatch the Bacon, Checkers and Games of Graces. Sack races and the game of corn-hole all will make for a fun-filled day.

Costumed interpreters will give guided tours and share the history of Somerset plantation. A demonstration of “Haying with the Horses” will be provided by the North Carolina Workhorse and Mule Association of Bertie County.

Health education information will be provided by Northeast North Carolina Healthy Living of the Albemarle Regional Health Services. Healthy eating, chronic disease prevention and physical activity will be emphasized, and can be practiced at the Crafts and Crops Day.

Somerset’s popular cornbread recipe and mix will be sold. Rental stations are available to vendors who want to sell artwork, craft and food items. The special event admission fee is $4 for adults; $2 for children under age 12, plus applicable taxes.

For additional information, please call (252) 797-4560, visit the site on Facebook or online at     

 Somerset Place is a representative state historic site offering a comprehensive and realistic view of 19th-century life on a large North Carolina plantation. Originally, the plantation included more than 100,000 densely wooded acres. Over the life of the plantation more than 50 white employees and more than 850 enslaved workers lived at Somerset.

Somerset Place is located at 2572 Lake Shore Rd., Creswell. It is within the Division of State Historic Sites of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

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