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

Historic Sotterley, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), public charity organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law.

Available Tours at Historic Sotterley Plantation

Overlooking the scenic Patuxent River in Southern Maryland, Sotterley Plantation encompasses nearly 95 acres of rolling meadows, gardens and shoreline. It is the only remaining Tidewater plantation in Maryland that is open to the public with a full range of visitor activities and educational programs. Sotterley's significant architecture features the 1703 Plantation House using post-in-ground construction, a rare c. 1830’s restored Slave Cabin, and a full array of outbuildings set amidst rolling fields, Colonial Revival gardens, and riverfront.

Self –guided Grounds Tours, 1703 Plantation House Guided Tours and Audio Tours are available on a walk-in basis in the Visitor Center.

Self-Guided Grounds Tour
available year-round (except for noted closings)
    Tues thru Sat:  Sotterley is open to the public 10 am to 4 pm
    Sun:
 Sotterley is open to the public 11:45 am to 4 pm
    Mon: closed to public

Please check in at the Visitor Center to pay admission and pick up brochures including grounds map and information about the site.

  • Visitor Center will be closed November 31 – April 30. Grounds fee will be collected at outside location where brochures are available.
     

  • During the Guided Tour Season – check in at the Visitor Center to receive brochures including the grounds map and information about the site.

    • A self-guided audio tour of the grounds is included for visitors and lasts 45 - 60 minutes.

    • Watch Historic Sotterley, A Tidewater Legacy in the Visitor Center.

    • Browse the Museum Shop and discover hidden gems and treasures.
       

  • Access to grounds: outbuildings such as the original c. 1830’s Slave Cabin, Colonial Revival gardens, picnic areas and miles of nature trails.
     

  • Allow 1 - 1 ½ hour for the Self-Guided Grounds Tour. Allow more time if walking the nature trails.

1703 Plantation House Guided Tour
May 1st – October 31st (except for noted closings)
Plantation House Tours: 
    Tues thru Sat: 10:30 am | 11:30 am | 1 pm | 2 pm | 3 pm  (Sotterley is open to the public 10 am to 4 pm)
    Sun:
 noon | 1 pm | 2 pm | 3 pm (Sotterley is open to the public 11:45 am to 4 pm)
    Mon: closed to public

Please check in at the Visitor Center year round to pay admission fees and pick up brochures including grounds map and information about the site.

  • Guided Tours are only available May 1 - October 31.

  • On Fridays, May 1 – October 31 – only the self-guided audio tour of the 1703 Plantation House is available and lasts 45 - 60 minutes.

  • A self-guided audio tour of the grounds is included with the purchase of a Plantation House Tour and lasts 45- 60 minutes.

  • Watch Historic Sotterley, A Tidewater Legacy in the Visitor Center

  • Browse the Museum Shop and discover hidden gems and treasures.

  • Access to grounds: outbuildings such as the original c. 1830’s Slave Cabin, Colonial Revival gardens, picnic areas and miles of nature trails.

  • Allow 2 - 2 ½ hours for the 1703 Plantation House Guided Tour and self-guided grounds. Allow more time if walking the nature trails.

Audio Tours
available May 1st – October 31st (except for noted closings)
    Tues thru Sat:  Sotterley is open to the public 10 am to 4 pm
    Sun:
 Sotterley is open to the public 11:45 am to 4 pm
    Mon: closed to public

  • Self-Guided Grounds Tour:  (Included with any admission)
    This tour invites you to play the role of farm manager Charles Knott, who oversaw day-to-day farm operations at Sotterley from 1910 until 1960. You will see the farm through his eyes, and be confronted with his choices, as if you were Charles Knott at Sotterley during an April morning in 1938, at the height of the Great Depression. Sadly, no records survive to detail Charles Knott’s daily work, so we do not know if there was any single morning exactly like the one you are about to experience. But thanks to interviews with a number of Sotterley’s workers in that period, we do know that the types of decisions and work you’ll hear about did take place here in the 1930s.

  • 1703 Plantation House Self-Guided Tour:
    available only on Fridays (in place of guided tour), “Discovering Sotterley” audio tour. This tour will lead you through the ground floor of the Plantation House, where you will discover that things are not as they seem. However, by using evidence at every stop along the way, you will be able to look beneath the surface and discover the real story of the Sotterley Plantation House!  Please check in at the Visitor Center to pay admission.

Group Tours / Specialty Tours: available year-round for groups of 12 or more
(except for noted closings below).
Discounts Available and advance arrangements are required.
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Education Programs: available year-round
(except for noted closings below).
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2016 Site and Office Closing Dates:

Site Open, but no regular tour operation  due to Special Events:
  •  October 1 & 2, 2015  - Riverside Winefest at Sotterley

SITE CLOSED
  •  January 1 – New Year's Day
  •  January 18 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  •  February 15 – President's Day
  •  March 27 – Easter
  •  May 30 – Memorial Day
  •  July 4 – Independence Day holiday
  •  September 5 – Labor Day
  •  November 24 - 27 – Thanksgiving Break
  •  December 24 - January 2 – Winter Break
Please note:
Guided Tour Season & Audio Tours only available: May 1st – October 31st

Restrictions:

Guided 1703 Plantation House Tour
Food, drink, photography and strollers are not permitted within the Plantation House. The Plantation
House is not wheelchair accessible.

Visiting with Pets
Pets on leashes are allowed in parking areas, on nature trails and roadways; they are not allowed
in the historic area. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. Service animals are
allowed everywhere.

Smoking
Smoking allowed only in the parking lot and designated areas.

Tickets & Admission / Hours of Operation
Driving Directions
Group/Specialty Tours
Visitor's Map of Sotterley
General Visiting Information
Things to Do at Sotterley Plantation
About Sotterley Plantation
Photo Gallery

 

EVENT TICKETS

Buy Tickets for Special Events - Historic Sotterley Plantation

Tickets for our special events become available approximately 45 days before the date of the event thru Ticket Derby.

 

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MISSION / VISION

MISSION ...

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.  

VISION ...

To foster a better understanding of our world today by providing a living link to America's complex history and legacy of slavery.

DIRECTIONS

VISIT SOTTERLEY
  Hours of Operation
Tickets and Admission
Directions
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
Things to Do
  •  Nature Trails
  •  Bird Watching
  •  Family Fun
  •  Exhibits
  •  Museum Shop
Visitor's Map of Sotterley
Photo Gallery
   
JOIN US
  Become a Member
Volunteer
Donate
The Sotterley Society
Ways to Give
CFC #13401
Sponsorship
Corporate Circle Membership
Job Opportunities
Internships
Visit St. Mary's
 
SITE RENTALS
  Wedding/Reception Venue
Corporate Events
Private Parties
Family Reunions
Retreat/Meetings
Policies/Contracts
Photo Gallery
Calendar of Site Availability
   
EDUCATION
  Field Trips
Field Trip Calendar
Book a Sotterley Field Trip
Day Care Outings
Homeschool Groups
Internships
Junior Docent Academy
Programs
Resources
Spring Break at Sotterley
Workshops
   
MISC
  About Sotterley Plantation
Calendars
Contact
Farmer's Market at Sotterley
Grounds Use Policies
Misc Sotterley Forms
Stay Connected
Site Map
Home
 
PRESERVATION
  Preservation Needs
Restoration
  •  Past and Future Efforts
  •  Adopt a Project
Conservation
  •  Building Maintenance
  •  Grounds Maintenance
  •  Adopt-A-Tree/Landscape Fund
Archaeology
Collections
  •  Conservation & Preservation
  •  Research
  •  Adopt a Collections Piece
Preserving Our Stories
  •  Research
  •  Oral History
  •  Video Library
  •  Middle Passage Project
  •  Genealogy
   
HISTORY
  1699 - 1775
1776 - 1822
1823 - 1909
1910 - 1961
Timeline
  •  Colonial Period
  •  Federal 
  •  19th Century - Part 1 
  •  19th Century - Part 2
  •  20th Century
Research
Sotterley Today
 
EVENTS
  Ticket Sales
Sponsorship
Advertising
Plan Your Event
Photo Gallery
   
SOTTERLEY EVENTS
  Barn Bash
Family Plantation Christmas
Farmer's Market
Gala in the Garden
Ghosts of Sotterley

Hands-On-History
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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