Crafts and Crops Day at Somerset Place Oct. 20

Crafts and Crops Day

Fall is in the air at Somerset Place State Historic Site, just in time for Crafts and Crops Day on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. With harvesttime in full swing, come and experience fun, food, arts, history and crafts for the whole family. Admission is $2 for children and $4 for adults.

Corn was a major staple and cash crop at Somerset Place when it was an active plantation. Join in hands-on activities to make sedge brooms, pin cushions and corn husk dolls. Bring your competitive spirit to participate in a corn-hole game or corn-on-the-cob eating contest. Visitors can engage in a corn food demonstration and then sample corn products. Somerset's popular cornbread recipe and hand-ground mix will be demonstrated on the hearth and will be for sale.

Enjoy wagon rides around the site on the historic cypress-lined carriage trails. Witness a canoe-digging demonstration. A costumed interpreter will showcase hand-dying alongside other period artisans and tradespeople. Learn about Somerset’s history on a guided tour of the plantation. Vendors will be selling food, crafts and artwork as well.

Somerset Place is a representative state historic site offering a comprehensive view of 19th century life on a large North Carolina plantation. The plantation once encompassed more than 100,000 acres. Over its 80-year history, more than 861 enslaved African Americans lived and worked at Somerset.

For additional information, please call (252) 797-4560. Somerset Place is located at 2572 Lake Shore Road, Creswell. It is administered by the Division of State Historic Sites in the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. 

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