Columbia, the county seat of Tyrrell County, is a small town located on the upper inner banks of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. (Well, maybe you should look at a map.)
Near Columbia in Washington County, is Somerset Place Plantation, located in what is now Pettigrew State Park. In searching for her roots, a social worker named Dorothy Spruill Redford learned that at she was descended of slaves who worked and lived at Somerset Place. She eventually brought together over 2,000 descendants of slaves and plantation owners–a Somerset Homecoming–in 1986. She wrote about her experiences in a book: Somerset Homecoming–Recovering a Lost Heritage and became curator of the plantation, working on restoration. If you are ever in the area, Somerset Place is a fascinating place to visit.