- Associated Press - Sunday, December 6, 2015

CRESWELL, N.C. (AP) - Cornbread and black-eyed peas are on the menu for an open house at Somerset Place, which once was a 100,000-acre plantation.

The open house will be held Sunday afternoon at the plantation in Creswell, which is a state historic site. Costumed historic interpreters will offer black-eyed peas cooked over an open fire and hearth-cooked cornbread. Sweets and spiced hot tea also will be available.

Santa Claus will visit the main house, while all buildings will be open for self-guided tours.

Cumulatively, more than 800 slaves worked at Somerset Place during its 80-year existence from 1785 to 1865. Their work made it one of North Carolina’s most prosperous rice, corn and wheat plantations.

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