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Nags Head Park (National/State/Provincial)

This former plantation—one of the country's largest—once claimed 100,000 acres along Lake Phelps, producing rice, corn, oats, peas, beans, and flax. Its sophisticated sawmills handled thousands of feet of lumber from 1785 to 1865. The 800 enslaved people who were forced to live and work here throughout the plantation's 80 years planted and harvested crops and worked as carpenters, brickmasons, cobblers, and weavers. The site, which originally consisted of more than 50 buildings, has nine original 19th-century buildings, and four others have been reconstructed, including slave quarters.

Park (National/State/Provincial) Free

Quick Facts

2572 Lake Shore Rd.
Creswell, North Carolina  27928, USA


Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Free; tours $2, Closed Sun. and Mon.

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