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.

Colonial Revival Gardens at Historic Sotterley Plantation

Sotterley’s gardens beckon, from venerable peonies and roses to cosmos and flowering sage, and are a mecca for visitors of all kinds:

For garden enthusiasts, photographers and artists, lovers of nature and natural beauty.

Tending to Beauty
The Sotterley Garden Guild consists of talented and dedicated volunteers, who nurture and lovingly tend to the breathtaking Colonial Revival Gardens. Every Wednesday and Saturday, whether braving the extreme heat and humidity of a Maryland summer’s day or bundled up with thermoses by their sides in the bitter cold, they are here on site. Thanks to the dedicated care of many volunteers, Sotterley's gardens thrive.

Because of a passion for beauty, their fundraising efforts have brought in tens of thousands of dollars. In addition to their annual Plant Sale & Free Plant Exchange, they also create and sell gorgeous greens during Family Plantation Christmas.

A Tradition of Peace & Beauty
The land along the Patuxent which we know as Sotterley has been cultivated for centuries. However, the gardens we know today date from the early 20th century.

When wealthy New Yorkers Herbert L. Satterlee and wife Louisa, daughter of J. P. Morgan, purchased a faded plantation in 1910, they found few clues about the personal gardens of colonial or antebellum predecessors except a few tool inventories and a blush noisette rose. With the help of a landscape architect, the Satterlees divided the area of land just north of the manor house into geometric plots and developed what is known as a Colonial Revival garden for their pleasure and the pleasure of their guests. They established perennial beds, a cutting garden, a vegetable plot, and an herb garden. They installed boxwood, rambling roses, and the large peony hedge that continues to thrive along the north border of the garden.

Mabel Satterlee Ingalls took possession of Sotterley Plantation at mid-century. With attention to even the smallest detail, she devoted herself to the further development of these gardens. She added coral bells, more roses, Persian lilacs, and bulbs imported from the Netherlands. She entertained frequently, and her guests were treated to plantation-grown produce and a bounty of flowers from the cutting garden.

Lacking Mrs. Ingalls’ attention and resources after her death, Sotterley Plantation was placed on the list of Most Endangered Historic Places by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. These gardens, however, have remained a constant, thanks to volunteers who banded together to maintain Sotterley’s Colonial Revival heritage.

The gardens you see today at Sotterley depend on volunteers who are committed to the upkeep and improvement of the gardens. These volunteers work not only directly to maintain the flower beds and other plantings but have also been instrumental in repairing Sotterley’s sundial, restoring a long-missing flagpole, a manor-shaped bird house, and planting several pear trees and a direct descendant of the English oaks grown at Sotterley Hall in England.

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  Hours of Operation
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Tour Information
  •  Plantation House Guided Tours
  •  Self-Guided Tours
  •  Audio Tours
  •  General Visiting Information
Group/Specialty Tours
Colonial Revival Gardens
Land, Lives and Labor Exhibit
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  •  Nature Trails
  •  Bird Watching
  •  Family Fun
  •  Exhibits
  •  Museum Shop
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Photo Gallery
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The Sotterley Society
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  Wedding/Reception Venue
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  Field Trips
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Junior Docent Academy
Spring Break at Sotterley
  About Sotterley Plantation
Farmer's Market at Sotterley
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  Preservation Needs
  •  Past and Future Efforts
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  •  Building Maintenance
  •  Grounds Maintenance
  •  Adopt-A-Tree/Landscape Fund
  •  Conservation & Preservation
  •  Research
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Preserving Our Stories
  •  Research
  •  Oral History
  •  Video Library
  •  Middle Passage Project
  •  Genealogy
  1699 - 1775
1776 - 1822
1823 - 1909
1910 - 1961
  •  Colonial Period
  •  Federal 
  •  19th Century - Part 1 
  •  19th Century - Part 2
  •  20th Century
Sotterley Today
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  Barn Bash
Family Plantation Christmas
Farmer's Market
Gala in the Garden
Ghosts of Sotterley

Homeschool Days
Plant Sale & Free Plant Exchange
Riverside WineFest at Sotterley
Butterfly Fridays
Speaker Series
Spring Break at Sotterley

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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