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Somerset Place

Some Somerset Place freedom seekers chose suicide over enslavement, others attempted murder, and still others expressed system hostility and frustration by burning their owner's property tot he ground.  Nineteen people ran away for atotal of twenty-eight times with most suffering a myriad of sadly predictable retaliatory consequences:  recapture, brutal punishment or being sold.  When their bondage ended in 1865, however, 221 ex-slaves embraced all of freedom's promises by walking away foreever from everything their hands had created at Somerset Place.  For them finally, there was, "no such thing to the next best thing to freedom."

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: 2572 Lake Shore Road, Creswell, Washington, 27928

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Lizbeth C. Evans

Location Type: Site