Teaching through our historic sites


Josiah Collins III (1808-1863)

Josiah Collins was the first resident owner of Somerset Place, inheriting the plantation from his grandfather, Josiah Collins, Sr. The elder Collins, along with two partners, acquired the land and established the plantation in 1785. It wasn't until 1829 that the Collins family home was built and the operation of the plantation became an on-site endeavor under Josiah, III. Originally consisting of more than 100,000 acres, Somerset was one of the state's most prosperous plantations, as well as one of the largest in the upper south.



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