Former Somerset Place Site Manager, Dorothy Spruill Redford, Passes Away at Age 80

By | October 4, 2023



Death – Obituary News : Dorothy Spruill Redford, former Somerset Place Site Manager, has passed away at the age of 70. She served as site manager for 20 years and dedicated over a decade to researching her family and other Somerset descendants. Her contributions will be remembered and cherished. Rest in peace.

Former Somerset Place Site Manager, Dorothy Spruill Redford, has sadly passed away at the age of 86 on Saturday, September 30, 2023. Her death has left a void in the hearts of many who admired her dedication and commitment to preserving history.


Dorothy Redford dedicated 20 years of her life to Somerset Place, serving as the site manager. Her passion for history was evident as she worked tirelessly to ensure that the stories of the past were not forgotten. Prior to her role as site manager, Redford spent over a decade researching her own family history and the descendants of Somerset.

Under her leadership, Somerset Place flourished as a historic site, attracting visitors from all walks of life who were keen to learn about the lives of those who had once called it home. Redford’s efforts to preserve and share the history of the plantation were truly commendable, and she will be remembered for her unwavering commitment to education and historical accuracy.

Beyond her professional accomplishments, Dorothy Redford was known for her warm and welcoming nature. She had a knack for making everyone feel at ease and her generosity knew no bounds. Many will remember her as a mentor, a friend, and a source of inspiration.

Redford’s passing is not only a loss for Somerset Place but also for the wider historical community. Her legacy will continue to inspire future generations to appreciate and understand the significance of preserving our past. Her contributions have left an indelible mark on the field of historical preservation and her memory will be cherished by all who knew her.

As we mourn the loss of Dorothy Spruill Redford, we also celebrate the incredible life she led and the impact she had on Somerset Place and the countless individuals she touched. Her dedication to preserving history and educating others will never be forgotten. May she rest in peace..


@SomersetPlaceHS said 1/4 We are saddened to announce that former Somerset Place Site Manager, Dorothy Spruill Redford passed away Saturday, 9/30/23. Dorothy Redford served as site manager at Somerset Place for 20 yrs. & spent over a decade prior researching her family & other Somerset descendants’