Sotterley, Inc. is a non-profit,
501(c)(3), public charity
organization. Donations are
tax-deductible to the extent allowed
by the law.
is one piece of the puzzle that is used to find out
about Sotterley’s past and the people who lived
here, playing an important role in reconstructing different
pieces of Sotterley's story. What lies beneath the
soil here offers clues to the use of the site over
centuries and insights into the lifeways of its
inhabitants. Much more work is yet to be done.
People lived near their work
on a plantation. At Sotterley’s slave cabin,
unearthing things like nails, horseshoes, hammers,
and knives, tell us that those who lived here were
very busy people. Bone fragments from small animals
gives us insight into their diets, it also tells us
where they probably prepared their food. Cast-offs
from the plantation house would have been resources
for the enslaved or tenants. Simple things like
oyster shells, can tell us about diet, and the
ingenuity of the inhabitants. Not much was thrown
away, it was recycled or repurposed out of
To preserve Sotterley Plantation's historic
structures and natural environment and use the powerful
stories of our land, lives, and labor to bring American
history to life while serving as a cultural resource.
To foster a better understanding of our world today by
providing a living link to America's complex history and
legacy of slavery.