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Daniel Boone ~ A North Carolina Legend

January 3, 2019

By Susan Jackson

Unfinished Portrait of Daniel Boone c.1820

Did you notice in “The Birds and Bees” when Jamie was showing Bree the view from the Ridge, and Bree mentions Daniel Boone? Very likely, she was familiar with the television show that aired in the 60’s, if not from history class in school.  Boone was a trapper, hunter, frontiersman, landowner, politician, and in spite of his Quaker birth and upbringing, owned slaves. He is credited with “discovering” the state of Kentucky. He was born in Pennsylvania in 1734, but his family moved to North Carolina around 1750, settling on the Yadkin River in what is now Wilkes County.

Boone was not afraid to defend the white settlements from the Native Americans, and at 16, joined a militia for that reason.  1755 brought the French and Indian War to his region, and he served as a wagoner, and when that was done, he married. He built two cabins, one near the Yadkin, and one on Beaver Creek, and settled down. Eight children later, he and his wife Rebecca moved to Kentucky, and in 1755, he helped arrange a treaty between the Transylvania Company and the Cherokee, who sold the majority of what is now Tennessee and Kentucky to a Richard Henderson, owner of the Transylvania Company.  Boone and other settlers built and lived at a settlement called Boonesboro. The land is now a state park in Kentucky, complete with camping sites and a living history museum.

Boone never returned to North Carolina, and, after losing his land in spite of being a Kentucky representative in the Virginia General Assembly, moved his family to what is now Missouri, where he was given land by the US Government in exchange for clearing the land. Upon his death in 1820, he still owned 850 acres of the homestead.

Much of what was written in the early history books and biographies about Daniel Boone are stuff of legend, and mostly untrue.  One author interviewed Boone, but elaborated a great deal in his book, and other biographies were written about him, mainly to encourage people to settle in Kentucky.  One story goes that he dictated his life story to his grandson, but the papers were eventually lost when a canoe he was traveling in tipped over, and the “manuscript” was lost in the water.  

He was somewhat famous, however, and he didn’t like it much, stating, “Nothing embitters my old age [more than] the circulation of absurd stories … many heroic actions and chivalrous adventures are related of me which exist only in the regions of fancy. With me the world has taken great liberties, and yet I have been but a common man.”  Wonder what he’d have thought of the television series?!

According to findagrave.com, “Seven counties, a national forest, and numerous towns and schools across the United States are named for him.”  The lovely mountain town of Boone, North Carolina is one of those namesakes.  Those of us at the recent Fraser’s Ridge Homecoming got to visit Whippoorwill Academy, where there is a replica of the cabin Daniel and Rebecca lived in and raised their family.  The rocks that form the chimney are from the original cabin.

Appropriately, in Boone, NC, you’ll find the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum, and during the Summer months, they produce the long-running outdoor drama, Horn in the West, portraying the life of Boone and other settlers in the region before and during the Revolutionary War.

Oh, and, according to his son Nathaniel, Daniel Boone never wore a coonskin hat.

Susan Jackson is a mother of four who lives in coastal North Carolina, and is an avid Outlander fan.  Besides reading, she loves cooking and baking, and music.  She is a thyroid cancer survivor and has worked in education most of her life. She hopes to one day blog about her thyroid cancer journey. She is a contributing author for Outlander North Carolina and, among other articles, has previously written about the infamous Stede Bonnet in Will The Real Stephen Bonnet Please Stand Up? 


Drums Of Autumn Pre-Revolutionary War Period Season 4 The ONC Gazette Wilmington

The ONC Gazette (12/29/18 Edition)

December 31, 2018
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Covering The Books, The Show, The History & The Places
Of Outlander in North Carolina

Greetings Outlander Fanatics! 

Hey, everyone!  Did you survive it? Christmas, I mean? I barely did. I’ve been pretty much missing in action for a few weeks. Between sickness (the winter crud, ugh!), Christmas shopping plus friend & family get-togethers and a new grandbaby, I’ve barely had time to breathe. I know you won’t believe I’m saying this but I almost wish Outlander had taken a week (or two) break for the holidays as many other television series do. Although, it was a great way for us to pause for an hour and lose ourselves in the 18th century before coming back to the busyness before Christmas.

Enough about me! I hope this newsletter finds you all doing well and getting geared up for Hogmanay! One of our admins, Tara Crawford, shared this recipe from the Outlander Clan Cast Blog for Black Bun, which was served up in Season 3, Episode 8, First Wife. Here in North Carolina, the tradition is…get ready for it…it’s not Black Bun….it’s…
  • Hog jowl
  • Collards
  • Black-eyed peas
  • Cornbread
Yum, yum!!! All of these are supposed to bring good luck in the form of wealth, good health or good things happening in your life. Check out this article about North Carolina’s New Year’s food traditions (or superstitions).  It will give you a little insight into these four specific New Year’s must-eats here in the Tar Heel State.  Do you have any Hogmanay or New Year’s food traditions? Oh, check out these five little known Scottish traditions for Hogmanay plus more information on why the holiday is so important to the Scots!
Episodes 406 through 408
I missed recapping all of these episodes and told my admins to take a break from the ONC Admin Awards as well but I’m very interested in hearing your opinions. So, what did y’all think?

Here are the condensed stand-out moments for me from each episode:
  • Episode 406, Blood of My Blood –  The conversations between and the time spent together with Jamie & Willie were very special. Also, a lot more was revealed to Willie in their time together than in the book so I’m interested to see how this plays going forward. Also, the conversation between Claire and Lord John was very good and a lot of the lines taken straight from the book. 
  • Episode 407, Down The Rabbit Hole – Bree being rescued and then terrorized by Laoghaire. I had begun to think maybe Laoghaire was going to turn over a new leaf but then the Laoghaire we all love to hate came out in full force. I was somewhat disappointed that Bree didn’t go to Lallybroch as written in the books but I understand why those changes had to be made due to Laura Donnelly’s inability to return as Jenny. At least, Bree got to see Lallybroch, courtesy of sweet, sweet Joanie. How did Laoghaire ever have a daughter so sweet?!?! 
  • Episode 408, Wilmington – Roger finding Bree and the handfasting ceremony was WONDERFUL! It was interesting that ALL of the characters were in Wilmington for this episode. And just in case you really want to know, it’s not an easy or fast trip on horseback from Wilmington to New Bern. It’s another one of those times when Diana said we would have to close our eyes but fortunately due to the wonders of television, Fergus was able to save Murtagh from certain doom!  P.S. I thought the rape scene, although not done in flashbacks as in the book, was handled very well. 
Fact Check: Were George Washington & Governor Tryon Acquaintances Before The War?

In the book series, the Frasers don’t meet George Washington until the Revolutionary War has begun, so I was surprised to see him and Martha being entertained by Governor Tryon!  Many people are disputing the show’s writers placing the future General and President in North Carolina at that time, but why not?  George Washington was a surveyor and land owner, and could’ve possibly met with Tryon. We’ll let you decide, but there is a history with Washington and the colony/state of North Carolina.

As mentioned, Washington was a surveyor as a young man.  In 1763, he founded and had a large share in the Dismal Swamp Company.  The company was formed so that the 4,000-acre swamp could be drained, logged, and eventually farmed, but that never happened. Washington surveyed the land there, as well as where the Dismal Swamp Canal was eventually dug to connect the Chesapeake Bay in Virginia with North Carolina’s Albemarle Sound.  The canal is now part of the Intracoastal Waterway and is used year-round by boats of many kinds, sailing the East Coast.  If you’re ever traveling in northeast North Carolina, stop in the Dismal Swamp Welcome Center, walk or bike the trail there, and see a few boats if they’ve docked in the canal by the rest area.

Once George Washington was General of the Patriot forces, officials scurried to name places for him, but little old Washington, on the coast of North Carolina, was the first!  Now the seat of Beaufort County, (pronounced bo-furt), the town had been petitioned to be formed in 1771, but founder James Bonner never called it “Washington” until five years later, and it was incorporated as Washington by the NC General Assembly in 1782.  Even today, it is called “Original Washington” by many, and is also known as “Little Washington” by locals after Washington, D.C. was founded–just so everyone would know that it wasn’t the capital of the country.

Many years later, in 1799, Washington County was formed from the western section of Tyrrell County. Plymouth is the county seat, and the Albemarle Sound borders the northern section of Washington County.  If you’ve ever driven to the Outer Banks via highway 64E, you have driven through the northern section of Washington County and Plymouth.  The downtown area has a nice historical district, and in June, it hosts the annual NC Black Bear Festival.  Washington County is also the home of Somerset Place Historic Site, but just barely–if you cross the canal just a few yards from the main house there, you’ll be in Tyrrell County.

While the line in the Wilmington episode where Gov. Tryon mentioned to Jamie that Washington had surveyed the 10,000 acres that was Fraser’s Ridge isn’t necessarily hard to believe, but it is doubtful. Washington was an aristocrat and politician longer than he was a surveyor.  He didn’t travel the lower Southern Colonies or States until 1791. North Carolina had not ratified the constitution, so he waited until it had been before traveling south from his Virginia home. He eventually traveled and stayed in New Bern and Wilmington, and found them “delightful.”  I am proud to say that Washington also visited my home county of Edgecombe, the town of Tarboro specifically, and spent the night there on April 18, 1791. The Town Common in Tarboro is one of only two remaining original Colonial Town Commons in the United States, with the other being in Boston. Tarboro’s historic Town Common, established in 1760, encompasses 15 acres adjoining the town’s historical district. Five 18th century homes and over two dozens antebellum homes are in the historic district which encompasses 45 blocks. In his diary, Washington remarked that the town of “Tarborough” was “more lively and thriving” than Halifax. You can read more about Washington’s tour of the Southern states at the NCPedia website.

Any relationship that Washington had with Tryon would have been marred by the Revolution.  Tryon, as an appointed–versus elected–official, had a loyalty to England.  Washington, obviously, wanted independence.  So, obviously, they ended up on opposite sides of the political spectrum, and since the Revolution was stirring in 1768, it isn’t likely that Tryon would have Washington as an invited guest, since he was already in the House of Burgesses for his county in Virginia.  

Cool discovery alert: In 1776, Tryon, with other government officials and several of Washington’s trusted bodyguards, plotted to kill him!  Not much has been written about this, and while there is some information available online, there’s a new book, The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington, that will be available in January 2019. (I’m not being compensated for sharing this link.)

London Has Nothing On Us!
Yes, that’s right! Guess who is performing in the London (yes, London, England) New Year’s Day Parade? The Warriors of AniKituhwa! Click HERE to read all about it! Why is that newsworthy, you ask? Well, these very same Warriors will be spending an entire day with us at A Fraser’s Ridge Homecoming~Return to the Ridge 2019. They will be doing demonstrations throughout the day and will perform for us at lunchtime on Saturday. I am so excited about our special guests! 

They’re not the only special guests we’ll be having though. Captain Robert K. Rambo (USA, Ret.) will be performing for us on Sunday morning with a one-hour dramatical presentation of the Reverend Thomas Woolsey. The Reverend just happened to be a frontier Baptist preacher and teacher and also participated in the Battle of Kings Mountain in 1780. A busy man indeed but he will find enough time to come through the stones to share his story with us!

Tickets to the Homecoming~Return To The Ridge 2019 are still on sale. You can click the button below to either purchase the full admission ticket or pay the $150 deposit – it’s up to you. Flexible installments are available and you have until now and June 30, 2019 to pay! If you need more info before you purchase, click HERE. We’d love to meet you at The Ridge!
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Special Discount On Outlander North Carolina Merchandise 

We’re offering a New Year’s discount on all merchanding in the Outlander North Carolina Tee Spring store. Use code 201910OFF at checkout. The beautiful winter pillow below which celebrates Fraser’s Ridge is one of many items available in the Outlander North Carolina Store! Promo Code is good through January 4!

Photo of The Week 
The photo above was taken from Season 3, Episode 8, First Wife. I loved this scene so much and it was so good to see Jamie finally happy again…even though it did end up with him marrying that terrible Laoghaire. I would like to wish each one of you a Very Happy Hogmanay! I pray 2019 brings you many good things and when the bad things comes around, as we know they will, I pray they will only be a momentary inconvenience.

Sláinte from all of us at Outlander North Carolina! Happy 2019!!!

Your crazy Outlander-obsessed friend,

Beth

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ONC Administrators’ Choice Awards – The Best of Outlander Episode 401.5, Savages

December 7, 2018

Welcome back to the ONC Administrators’ Choice Awards!  Now until the end of Season 4 (we refuse to think about it), some of the ONC adminstrators and myself will be voting on our “Bests” from the latest Outlander episode.  Last week, we gave awards for Episode, 401.4, Common Ground. Next up, is Episode 401.5, Savages.  This week’s voting contributors are Mitzie Munroe, Nancy Roach (a/k/a The White Sow), Susan Jackson, Tara Heller, Blair Beard and Cameron Hogg! And the winners are…

Tara:  Murtagh and Jamie seeing each other for the first time in 12 years! I almost died when I saw Jamie’s eyes start to water and that turn of his mouth that he does when he’s emotional and then them embracing! The family is almost back together!

Cameron: When Ian is looking for the smithy, and lo and behold, it turns out to be Murtagh. I squealed like a kid at Christmas. But I did the same when he turned around to see Jamie… and again when he saw Claire… it seems there’s a common thread here.

Susan:  Definitely Murtagh–I love the show character, and was so tickled to see him in the blacksmith shop, and that reunion of shock and awe with Jamie was so moving.  I assumed he’d be the silversmith and Jamie would have to eventually tell him about his sassy wife. lol

Blair:  I call them “The Murtagh Moments”. They start when Ian goes into the smithery and speaks to the man at the forge. Though the ponytail was grey, I immediately identified the backside of Murtagh Fitzgibbons Fraser!  Welcome back Duncan Lacroix!

Mitzie:  No-brainer here; we have been teased all year about a possible appearance by Murtagh and AT LAST we have it! My mind is joyfully imagining in all kinds of roles and scenarios we will find our beloved Murtagh engaging in for the rest of the season (and hopefully beyond).

Nancy:  The appearance of the White Sow. I’ve been on tenterhooks for two years now as to whether she would make it into the television series. (Lol) Second would be the appearance of Murtagh.

Tara:  ‘You’ve no idea you are just a Christmas pork chop, do you?’ It just cracked me up!

Cameron:  The exchanges between Jamie and the frisky Mrs. MacNeill. I’ve never heard so much subtext in someone just saying “not today,” when asked if Mr. MacNeill was home. And I’m pretty sure she was hoping to serve him more than “a hearty piece of pie.”

Susan:  Jamie’s response to the silversmith’s wife’s question about whether his wife was good at making pie–”Aye, very.” I laughed out loud.

Blair:  Murtagh’s cheeky comment to Ian, “Who you calling an old coot, eh?” was the best line of the night!  Reminds me of the dated meme, “Whatcha talkin’ bout Willis?”, but better!

Mitzie:  Murtagh’s greeting to Claire as he approached the cabin. “Murtagh…?! Is it really you?” “Well, it isn’t no the boogie woogie bugle boy.”

Nancy:  Murtagh’s reference to the “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B” song as he greeted Claire. It brought back to mind the episode in season I with the two of them singing and dancing to find Jamie.

Tara: Murtagh/Duncan it was so great to have him back and have his humor infused into the season.  There’s a new side to him being apart of the Regulators so that will be interesting. Loved how he announced his arrival on the Ridge, I did like that part of the Search episode.

Cameron:  Duncan LaCroix- he’s just great in this role anyhow, but absence makes the heart grow fonder. I didn’t realize how much I’d missed him until he was back!

Susan:  Cait gets my award on this one–she was great.  Claire’s emotions had to run the gamut in all of those scenes, and Cait is just wonderful at portraying them all.

Blair:  Actress Tantoo Cardinal’s character, Adawehi, was stellar. Sometimes less is more, and Adawehi spoke volumes.

Mitzie:  Well it looks like it’s Claire’s turn to snag this honor. Like Jamie last week, we got to see so many emotions from Claire this episode. We saw her strong, weak, happy, sad, scared, angry, exhausted and determined.

Nancy:  Again, the White Sow.  I believed she was really trying to mess with Jamie’s hat.

Tara:  When Murtagh showed up and being part of the Regulators. I don’t know if I saw that storyline coming.

Cameron:  The Cherokee setting fire to the Mueller cabin and Mrs. Mueller’s death in that scene. It was different than the book, if I recall, and really more graphic than it needed to be. I felt like it villainized the Cherokee.

Susan:  To see Murtagh rousing the troops, so to speak.

Blair:  Claire surprised me when she unwrapped the towel that contained not a doll, but the scalp of Adawehi. Her face reflected the horror and sadness that I felt as well.  Claire tenderly cares for what remains of her new, yet dear friend and respectfully puts her to rest.

Mitzie:  Claire unwrapping the checkered cloth thinking it is baby Klara’s doll when in fact it was Adawehi’s scalp. Being a book reader I knew it was coming but I was still completely caught unawares as to how horrific that moment really was for Claire.

Nancy: The appearance of Murtagh. I knew the moment was coming, but I didn’t guess that he was a blacksmith, silversmith and regulator.

 

Tara:  Well there’s two things.1. Murtagh showing up and reuniting with Jamie and Claire. 2. Seeing Claire’s day to day working on the Ridge.

Cameron:   That Murtagh settles right back in with Jamie and Claire, despite being a Regulator and Jamie’s land grant, and it’s like they’ve never missed a beat.

Susan:   Seeing Claire being portrayed more accurately as a woman in the 18th century–cooking over a hot fire, being a midwife, feeding the animals (did she run to the Walmart in Woolam’s Creek for those fresh veggies?), and handling a firearm.  Historically speaking, women of that time period didn’t live an easy life, unless their family was very well off financially.

Blair:  The entire episode was exciting. Full of reunions, regulators and readiness for the future!

Mitzie:  We still have split storylines going (which I love) and seeing Roger chasing down leads for Brianna just breaks my heart. And with seeing the rabbit, Adawehi’s comment about Brianna being here and Jamie’s dream, I am enjoying the slow integration of Brianna to Jamie and Claire in the past.

Nancy:  The reunion between Murtagh and Jamie and Claire. These moments are so emotionally rewarding.

Tara:  I think this is going to see my favorite now. Last week’s moved down to number 2. This week’s had grit and substance and then the day to day thrown in there with Claire.

Cameron:  Best so far! The gang’s all here! The Murtagh/Jamie dynamic brings back some of the earlier seasons’ spark. And a lot of the clever one liners are back too, like the silversmith’s wife bit. This episode has some of the “zip” of season 1, which had been been missing in many of the episodes so far this season.

Susan:  My favorites in order of 1-5:  404, 405, 403, 401, 402.

Mitzie:  We have a new #1!!!! 405 – 1st/403 – 2nd/404 – 3rd/401 – 4th/402 – 5th.

Nancy:  This episode moves to number one for me.

So, now that we’ve voted, what about you? Agree? Disagree? Tell us in the comments who or what gets your vote for “Best” Awards for Episode 401.5, Savages. Leave it in the comments!

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Visit to Somerset Place North Carolina Historic Site ~ A Photo Essay

December 6, 2018

Post by Contributing Author, Susan Holmes Jackson

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On December 2, I had the privilege of attending the annual Christmas Open House at Somerset Historic Site in Creswell, North Carolina.  Somerset was built by the Collins family and named for their home of ancestral birth in Somerset, England. The Lake Company, as the proprietors of the land was known at first,  began using slaves and indentured servants before the 1800’s to dig canals, and clear and farm the land. Read more history of how the land was acquired, and the years of it being one of the largest plantations in the upper South from the North Carolina Historic Sites website.

There was beautiful Christmas music provided by local musician Bob Waters on hammered dulcimer, as well as old carols performed by three wonderful young ladies from the local Columbia High School chorus (I digress, they were my youngest daughter and two of her best friends), and a tribute was made to a former docent, Alecia Rodgers, who worked and volunteered at Somerset for twelve years, who passed away earlier in 2018.  Blackeyed peas cooked outside over a woodfire in a cast iron pot, delicious old-fashioned cornbread cooked on the fire inside the original kitchen/laundry house, and hot spiced tea were the highlight of the day! Dorothy Spruill Redford, author of Somerset Homecoming, former director of Somerset Place and descendant of Elsy LIttlejohn, one of the enslaved people at Somerset, made an appearance as well.  Decorations were likely more fanciful than when the Collins family lived there before the Civil War, but they were made by the staff and volunteers, so the house felt festive and warm–but that was because it was a 75-degree day! Got to love Christmastime in eastern North Carolina!  

Come with me as I enjoyed the sights, smells and sounds of Christmastime at Somerset Place!

This is the Josiah Collins III Home;  it is 6,809 square feet, is two and a half stories, contains fourteen rooms, and double porches on the front, as well as on both sides of the back.  The front of the house faces a canal, dug by slaves to connect to the Scuppernong River, and was one reason the plantation survived. The canal brought tragedy as well:  in different incidences, three of the Collins’ sons, as well as two sons of slaves, drowned in the canal.

The rear of the Collins house, which is just as pretty in back as it is the front.

Lovely natural decor fancied up the “Colony House,” as it became known.  It is the original plantation family home and became the place where the Collins children got their education, and housed their tutors and the area’s ministers. It serves as the Welcome Center, gift shop for the site today.

The front parlor.

Copies of original plantation documents are displayed on an antique desk.  I cannot imagine writing out financial records and information for human beings I “owned,” and the Collins owned, over time, almost 800 slaves, as well as white indentured servants.

This isn’t the original dining table, but it is groaning with foods and decor that would’ve been served when the Collinses had guests.

The gardens are kept up by volunteers, but were never a huge focus of the mistress of the house, Mary Collins.  Read more about her and her life at Somerset here from Southern Garden History (opens in pdf format).

View from the rear of the house looking south towards Lake Phelps, which was originally named Scuppernong by the Native people there, meaning “place of the sweet bay tree.”

The overseer’s house sits overlooking the enslaved living quarters, which was done purposely as a reminder of the overseer’s job in relation to the slaves’ position.

The interior of original kitchen rations building, complete with drying herbs and plants.

The Sucky Davis House, reconstructed on uncovered foundations and named for one of the original Somerset slaves from Africa who, with “…18 members of her family, from three generations, lived in three rooms. Five members of an unrelated family lived in the fourth room. Sucky was purchased in 1786 for £75.” (from the NC Historic Sites website)

One side of the one-room first floor of the Sucky Davis House. There are three other beds in this room in each corner, and baskets underneath, which surely was where mothers kept their babies.

Interior of the one-room first floor of just one of the twenty three 16×16’ slaves’ quarters, reconstructed in the 1990’s.  This is the Lewis and Judy House, and the original was home for “…Judy, her husband Lewis, five teens, one adult child, a daughter-in-law, and a grandchild.”

I don’t know what this large wooden bowl was used for, but my grandmother had a much smaller version to make biscuits in.

The path that leads to the slave quarters veers to the North, and the large building here is the reconstructed hospital.  Many other building foundations have been found in a line from the hospital towards the overseer’s house, including a chapel.  

One of the site managers, dressed in period costume, cooks just as the slaves did in the kitchen, over a very hot fire, and December 2, 2018 was not a cool day here in northeastern North Carolina!  She had the “fast flip” down to a science, so she could back away and keep cool! I can’t imagine what it was like to cook here on a July day in the 18th century. The fried cornbread/fritters were delicious.  I just needed some molasses to make mine better!

As much as the main house and grounds are beautiful, you get a real sense of what at least the basic living conditions was like for the slaves at Somerset Plantation.  They were people who stood their ground, and according to Dorothy Redford, once tried to poison an overseer! I love knowing that they fought back as best as they could.  Those slaves were punished by being sold almost immediately.  Many descendants of the Somerset slaves still live in the area.

I wish I had been able to take more photos, but that just gives you a reason to venture off NC highway 64 on the way to the Outer Banks, and visit Somerset Place yourself. The site is open April through October, on Mondays through Saturdays, between 9 AM and 5 PM, and on Sundays from 1 PM until 5 PM. November through March hours are, Mondays through Saturday, 10 AM until 4 PM, and on Sundays, between 1 PM and 4 PM. If you need additional information, call 252-797-4500.   If you’d like to learn more of the history and how Dorothy Spruill Redford helped make the historic site what it is today, read Somerset Homecoming, which is probably available through the site gift shop as well, so give them a call, and support this important place of North Carolina history.

Have you ever visited Somerset Place? Tell us about your visit in the comments.

Susan Jackson is a mother of four who lives in coastal North Carolina, and is an avid Outlander fan.  Besides reading, she loves cooking and baking, and music.  She is a thyroid cancer survivor and has worked in education most of her life. She hopes to one day blog about her thyroid cancer journey. She is a contributing author for Outlander North Carolina and, among other articles, has previously written about the infamous Stede Bonnet in Will The Real Stephen Bonnet Please Stand Up?