Historic Sotterley Plantation located in Southern Maryland about 60 miles south of Washington DC
 

The mission of Sotterley Plantation, a National Historic Landmark, is to preserve, research, & interpret Sotterley Plantation’s diverse cultures & environments, & to serve the world as an educational, cultural, & community resource. Historic Sotterley, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) public charity organization.

Sotterley's Collections History

Sotterley Plantation - Civil War EraIn 1993, Mabel Satterlee Ingalls, Sotterley’s last private owner, passed away at the age of 92. At that time, Sotterley officially was turned over to the historic foundation she had created in 1961. Items left at Sotterley that were not claimed by family members became part of Sotterley’s museum collection pieces. Since then, several antique pieces significant to Sotterley’s history have been donated by owner’s descendants. Most of Sotterley’s collections date from the Colonial Revival period and belonged to Herbert and Louisa Satterlee. Some items were added during Mabel Ingalls’ ownership, while donated pieces from Plater and Briscoe descendants round out Sotterley’s collections. Sotterley’s interior woodwork and architecture, such as the Chinese Chippendale Staircase c. 1770, are also considered valuable collections assets.

Sotterley’s interior woodwork and architecture, such as the Chinese Chippendale Staircase c. 1770, are also considered valuable collections assets.

Preservation, Conservation, and Restoration
Resources are needed to maintain, preserve, and conserve Sotterley’s story through its material culture. What people owned and collected tells us much about the lives the people who lived here. Collections give us insight into national and local historical trends, wealth or lack thereof, and personal tastes. Part of Sotterley Plantation’s mission is to preserve this material culture through its collections.

Sotterley Plantation's Dining RoomResearch
Each collections piece is catalogued with a number. Information associated with the item is recorded. When did the item appear at Sotterley? Who was its owner? Who was its maker? What is it made of? What was its use? How old is the item? Was the item a later acquisition? How much is the item worth? Should the item be included in the collection or be de-accessioned? Does the item need to be conserved, restored, or both? What does the item tell us about its owner? the time period? the styles and priorities of the day?

Visitors and supporters of Sotterley, just like you, help to preserve Sotterley’s collections. Donors can contribute to the conservation and restoration of Sotterley art work, documents, furniture, china and more.Adopt-a-Collections Piece
Visitors and supporters of Sotterley, just like you, help to preserve Sotterley’s collections. Donors can contribute to the conservation and restoration of Sotterley art work, documents, furniture, china and more.

To find out more about opportunities to Adopt-a Collections piece,
contact:  development@sotterley.org or call 301-373-2280.

 

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HISTORY
  1699 - 1775
1776 - 1822
1823 - 1909
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Riverside WineFest at Sotterley
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Sotterley Plantation is proud to be a Distinctive Destination of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

All National Trust members receive 10% off admission when visiting Sotterley Plantation.

Historic Sotterley Plantation    44300 Sotterley Lane (PO Box 67)    St. Mary’s County    Hollywood, Maryland 20636    officemanager@Sotterley.org    301-373-2280

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