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This month, step back to the 19th century at Somerset Place near the shores of Lake Phelps in Washington County. Active from 1785-1865, this plantation became one the upper South’s most prosperous cultivators of rice, corn and wheat. Today it’s a state historic site that offers a rare, comprehensive view of an antebellum community through seven original buildings and 31 lakeside acres. With the abolishment of slavery at the Civil War’s end, a lack of unpaid labor meant an end for the plantation’s 88 years and it was sold. Discover this local look at life on the plantation.
Then visit an innovative Siler City organization created in 2002 to offer inexpensive studio space to artists, as well as marketing classes to develop business skills—the Arts Incubator. More than 20 artists work in a three-building facility on pottery, jewelry, paintings, blown and stained glass art and hooked rugs. Meet some of the artists and see their inspiring work.
Next, archaeologists and historians of the Fort Bragg Cultural Resources Program unearth prehistoric and historic Sandhills’ secrets. The CRP team not only identifies cultural assets on base, but also oversees their management by the Army. Join these researchers in the field and lab to discover intact structures of 18th century Highland Scot communities as well as evidence of Sandhills’ inhabitants dating back more than 10,000 years.
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