Special program in collaboration with Somerset Place

Made from Off the Land


Somerset State Historic Sites presents its program, Made from Off the Land, which includes objects that might have been made by enslaved and employed families living on the plantation in 1843. Throughout recorded history, families have depended on organic materials to craft objects they needed.

Somerset Place is featured in the exhibit, We Built This: Profiles of Black Architects and Builders in North Carolina, on display at the museum through May 28. This exhibit, presented by Preservation North Carolina, highlights the stories of those who constructed and designed many of North Carolina's most treasured historic sites. Spanning more than three centuries, We Built This provides more than two dozen personal profiles and historical context on key topics, including slavery and Reconstruction; the founding of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Black churches; Jim Crow and segregation; and the rise of Black politicians and professionals.