This historic site offers a realistic view of 19th-century life on a large-scale North Carolina plantation. In 1785, Somerset Place became an active plantation and remained active until 1865. Most programs and exhibits at the site evoke life there in 1843. By 1860, Somerset Place was one of only four North Carolina plantations with over 300 enslaved people on one property. Today this unique historical attraction is one of only a few former plantations in the state preserved as a state historic site.