Somerset Place

Give your students, scouts, homeschoolers, and campers a look at 19-century life on a North Carolina plantation with a field trip to Somerset Place. Originally covering 100,000 swamp acres, the land was gradually converted to serve as fields and lumber mills. As the Civil War drew to an end, Somerset Place had become one of the largest plantations in the Upper South. Groups can take tours of the Collins Family Home and other buildings of the time, including a smokehouse, kitchen rations building, and salting house. The site also has exhibits on North Carolina’s antebellum period, trails that lead to the adjoining Pettigrew State Park, and other historical structures. Hands-on educational programs are available. It is recommended that visitors take exit 558 from highway US64 and then follow the signs to Somerset Place to avoid getting lost using GPS.

contact info

Hrs: Tues.-Sat. 9AM-5PM.

School

Following their tour, led by costumed interpreter, students can make a traditional craft to take home. Possible projects include making a gourd bowl, hearth cooking, rope making, candle dipping, making sedge brooms, ginning cotton by hand, and weaving baskets. Field trip programs are available from March to mid-November. Bring bagged lunches to enjoy a picnic near Pettigrew State Park with your school group. Reservations are required for all field trip programs.

supports classroom learning in:
Social Studies.

topics covered:
Antebellum period, Civil War, U.S. history, geography, slavery, historical figures, culture.

contact info
Name: Karen Hayes, Historic Site Manager
Phone: 252-797-4560
Email: Karen.hayes@ncdcr.gov

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 20 minimum, 125 maximum. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1.5 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies. Registration: Phone, Email. Food Options: Bring Your Own, Outdoor Seating. Cost: Fee Accessible To: PD.

Historic Site Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed; Boston’s Old State House, where the Boston Massacre and the American Revolution began; Washington D.C.’s National Mall, where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech; Virginia’s Jamestown settlement, the country’s first colony; Charleston’s Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired; New York’s Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, where millions of immigrants were introduced to their new home. All of these sites, significant to America’s history, can be visited, toured, and admired. While visiting one of the many historical sites around the country, consider the importance in preserving these sites.

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Somerset Place

Give your students, scouts, homeschoolers, and campers a look at 19-century life on a North Carolina plantation with a field trip to Somerset Place. Originally covering 100,000 swamp acres, the land was gradually converted to serve as fields and lumber mills. As the Civil War drew to an end, Somerset Place had become one of the largest plantations in the Upper South. Groups can take tours of the Collins Family Home and other buildings of the time, including a smokehouse, kitchen rations building, and salting house. The site also has exhibits on North Carolina’s antebellum period, trails that lead to the adjoining Pettigrew State Park, and other historical structures. Hands-on educational programs are available. It is recommended that visitors take exit 558 from highway US64 and then follow the signs to Somerset Place to avoid getting lost using GPS.

contact info

Hrs: Tues.-Sat. 9AM-5PM.

Scouts

Scout groups can work on American Heritage badges as they learn about the antebellum South, 19th-century life, and the Civil War at Somerset Place. After touring the site with a costumed interpreter, scouts can participate in a variety of activities, including crafts, hearth cooking, rope making, candle dipping, cotton ginning, and basket weaving. Educational programs are available from March to mid-November. Scout groups are welcome to bring lunches for a group picnic near Pettigrew State. Advance reservation is required for all field trip programs.

supports scout badges in:
Social Studies.

topics covered:
Antebellum period, Civil War, U.S. history, geography, slavery, historical figures, culture.

contact info
Name: Karen Hayes, Historic Site Manager
Phone: 252-797-4560
Email: Karen.hayes@ncdcr.gov

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 20 minimum, 125 maximum. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1.5 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies. Registration: Phone, Email. Food Options: Bring Your Own, Outdoor Seating. Cost: Fee Accessible To: PD.

Historic Site Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed; Boston’s Old State House, where the Boston Massacre and the American Revolution began; Washington D.C.’s National Mall, where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech; Virginia’s Jamestown settlement, the country’s first colony; Charleston’s Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired; New York’s Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, where millions of immigrants were introduced to their new home. All of these sites, significant to America’s history, can be visited, toured, and admired. While visiting one of the many historical sites around the country, consider the importance in preserving these sites.

View Lesson Plan>>

Somerset Place

Give your students, scouts, homeschoolers, and campers a look at 19-century life on a North Carolina plantation with a field trip to Somerset Place. Originally covering 100,000 swamp acres, the land was gradually converted to serve as fields and lumber mills. As the Civil War drew to an end, Somerset Place had become one of the largest plantations in the Upper South. Groups can take tours of the Collins Family Home and other buildings of the time, including a smokehouse, kitchen rations building, and salting house. The site also has exhibits on North Carolina’s antebellum period, trails that lead to the adjoining Pettigrew State Park, and other historical structures. Hands-on educational programs are available. It is recommended that visitors take exit 558 from highway US64 and then follow the signs to Somerset Place to avoid getting lost using GPS.

contact info

Hrs: Tues.-Sat. 9AM-5PM.

Camp

Summer camp groups will have a great time exploring Somerset Place while learning about 19th-century life, the antebellum South, and the Civil War. After touring the site with a costumed interpreter, campers can participate in activities such as crafts, basket weaving, hearth cooking, candle dipping, cotton ginning, and rope making. Pack bagged lunched for a camp group picnic near Pettigrew State after your field trip. All field trip programs must be booked in advance.

contact info
Name: Karen Hayes, Historic Site Manager
Phone: 252-797-4560
Email: Karen.hayes@ncdcr.gov

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 20 minimum, 125 maximum. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1.5 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies. Registration: Phone, Email. Food Options: Bring Your Own, Outdoor Seating. Cost: Fee Accessible To: PD.

Historic Site Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed; Boston’s Old State House, where the Boston Massacre and the American Revolution began; Washington D.C.’s National Mall, where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech; Virginia’s Jamestown settlement, the country’s first colony; Charleston’s Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired; New York’s Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, where millions of immigrants were introduced to their new home. All of these sites, significant to America’s history, can be visited, toured, and admired. While visiting one of the many historical sites around the country, consider the importance in preserving these sites.

View Lesson Plan>>

Somerset Place

Give your students, scouts, homeschoolers, and campers a look at 19-century life on a North Carolina plantation with a field trip to Somerset Place. Originally covering 100,000 swamp acres, the land was gradually converted to serve as fields and lumber mills. As the Civil War drew to an end, Somerset Place had become one of the largest plantations in the Upper South. Groups can take tours of the Collins Family Home and other buildings of the time, including a smokehouse, kitchen rations building, and salting house. The site also has exhibits on North Carolina’s antebellum period, trails that lead to the adjoining Pettigrew State Park, and other historical structures. Hands-on educational programs are available. It is recommended that visitors take exit 558 from highway US64 and then follow the signs to Somerset Place to avoid getting lost using GPS.

contact info

Hrs: Tues.-Sat. 9AM-5PM.

Homeschool

Field trips to Somerset Place are a great living history supplement to homeschool curricula on the antebellum period and the Civil War. After site tours with a costumed interpreter, homeschoolers can make a traditional crafts to take home, make gourd bowls, experience hearth cooking, try their hand at candle dipping, gin cotton by hand, weave baskets, and more. Field trip programs are available from March to mid-November. Homeschool groups are welcome to bring bagged lunches for a picnic near Pettigrew State Park. Reservations are required for all field trip programs and activities.

topics covered:
Antebellum period, Civil War, U.S. history, geography, slavery, historical figures, culture.

contact info
Name: Karen Hayes, Historic Site Manager
Phone: 252-797-4560
Email: Karen.hayes@ncdcr.gov

TRIP INFO

Grade Level: All Grades Group Size: 20 minimum, 125 maximum. Program Type: Day Trips, Guided Tours, Guided Activities. Recomm. Length of Visit: 1.5 hours. Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies.Recommended Ratio of Youth to Chaperones: Varies. Registration: Phone, Email. Food Options: Bring Your Own, Outdoor Seating. Cost: Fee Accessible To: PD.

Historic Site Lesson Plan

FUN FACTS

Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed; Boston’s Old State House, where the Boston Massacre and the American Revolution began; Washington D.C.’s National Mall, where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech; Virginia’s Jamestown settlement, the country’s first colony; Charleston’s Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired; New York’s Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, where millions of immigrants were introduced to their new home. All of these sites, significant to America’s history, can be visited, toured, and admired. While visiting one of the many historical sites around the country, consider the importance in preserving these sites.

View Lesson Plan>>

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