Hello! Our first stop on our mini historical vacation was Somerset Place. I really liked everything about this large plantation on Phelps Lake. All of the buildings in the owner's compound (in the big white fence) were the original ones. It has the house, kitchen, smokehouse, dairy and even a school house where the Collins children went to school.
My favorite part was the Collins family house and the dairy. The house was huge! They have a parlor, bedrooms, the boy's playrooms, housekeeper's room, service rooms and others. The dairy was very neat. It had a cradle churn for making the butter.
When we were touring, we felt the house leaning. Turns out that the main house is sinking and needs to be repaired. Hopefully they can raise the money to get that done. This is a great place and it needs to be saved.
Well, I'm off to write about the other places we saw this week!
More Notes From Mom...
This was one of my favorite stops this week.
Somerset Place was named after Somerset County in England. Somerset was an active plantation for 80 years and sat on 100,000 acres.
Being able to see and walk through the original buildings was my favorite part. Using the same doors and standing on the same floors as people did such a long time ago amazes me. I know we walk on the same soil as people did in those days and , but buildings and homes make it different. I don't know why . They also have archaeological remains of other buildings exposed for you to see.
Our guide was wonderful! I really have to hand it to the guides of these historical places. They have to know everything about the sites and be prepared for any question that is thrown at them. Way to go guys!
Please visit the website below to learn more about Somerset Place. There is a ton of information on there.