The Museum of the Albemarle will host the monthly History for Lunch on Wednesday, January 4, 2023, at 12 p.m. in the Gaither Auditorium.
Matt Knight, Historical Interpreter at Somerset Place State Historic Site, will explore the archaeological projects that have taken place at the site over the last 70 years, what they revealed about enslaved and free life at Somerset Place, and how the focus and methodology of those archaeological projects changed over time.
Situated on the northeast corner of Lake Phelps in Washington County, Somerset Place was once one of the largest and most productive plantations in antebellum North Carolina.
From 1785 until 1865, Somerset’s owners enslaved at least 861 Africans and African Americans, who were forced to labor as field hands, domestic workers, and artisans on the plantation’s swampy landscape.
The Museum will offer the History for Lunch in-person and through Zoom. Register in advance through the Museum’s Facebook page or MuseumOfTheAlemarle.com to receive a link to attend the lecture virtually.
The virtual program is supported by Southern Bank and Biggs Cadillac Buick GMC of Elizabeth City.