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.

Plan Your Sotterley Wedding

Experience the awe-inspiring beauty and rich history of Maryland’s Tidewater area as you create your own special memories Host your special day at Sotterley and let our past be the backdrop for your own historic memories! Step back in time and entertain your guests, as the former residents of Sotterley once did, on the front portico of our 18th century plantation house. Take in the spectacular river and meadow views. Experience the awe-inspiring beauty and rich history of Maryland’s Tidewater area as you create your own special memories


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Let your future begin with our past. Our 300 year old plantation offers an enchanting opportunity to experience the awe-inspiring beauty and rich history of Maryland’s Tidewater area as you create your own special memories. Sotterley Plantation is an active, vibrant part of our nation’s rich cultural heritage.

Host your special day at Sotterley and let our past be the backdrop for your own historic memories!

Older than Mount Vernon, older than Monticello, older than the nation itself, Sotterley offers a sweeping view of the Patuxent River and of our shared history. Encompassing nearly 100 acres of rolling meadows, gardens, and shoreline, Sotterley is the sole-surviving Tidewater plantation in Maryland that is accessible to the public.

Sotterley’s first family came to Maryland in 1699 and began construction on the house in 1703. The plantation has been at turns, a frontier farm, a thriving tobacco plantation, a colonial port, and a busy steamboat landing.

An 18th century plantation house and Smokehouse as well as 19th century Slave Cabin and more than 20 other out-buildings express the Plantation’s 300-year evolution.

Historic Sotterley, Inc. is the steward of the plantation and the programs offered. The organization is a non-profit with a mission to preserve, research, and interpret Sotterley Plantation’s diverse cultures and environments and to serve as a public education and cultural resource.

Host your special day at Sotterley and let our past be the backdrop for your own historic memories!


Sotterley Sites Available For Wedding Rentals

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The Gardens at Sotterley - Four Garden Areas Available (defined below)  


Sotterley is home to spectacular Colonial Revival Gardens lush with a bounty of beautiful blooms from mid - April through early November. Four areas of our gardens are available for rental for ceremonies and/or receptions: the Garden Room, the Pecan Room, the Croquet Lawn, and the Terrace. Each area is colored by a stunning backdrop of flowers and magnificent views, including the Patuxent River.

Four areas of our gardens are available for rental for ceremonies and receptions:
 

The Garden Room
The Garden Room is one of our most popular ceremony spots. The space can accommodate ceremony seating for up to 175 guests in a variety of configurations, serve as an open air space for a cocktail hour. Or intimate reception. Electricity can be easily run to this location with advanced notice.

The Garden Room is one of our most popular ceremony spots. The space can accommodate ceremony seating for up to 175 guests in a variety of configurations.
 

The Pecan Room
The Pecan Room is our largest garden space and can accommodate ceremony seating for up to 350 guests or an 80’x 100’ tent suitable for a large reception. This location affords a sweeping view of the Patuxent River and is surrounded by our glorious gardens. This space also has easy access and parking for caterers and other vendors, as well as close proximity to power and running water if needed.

The Pecan Room is our largest garden space and can accommodate ceremony seating for up to 350 guests or an 80 x 100 tent suitable for a large reception.
 

The Croquet Lawn
The Croquet Lawn is a popular reception site. This space can easily accommodate ceremony seating for up to 200 guests or a 60’x 80’ tent suitable for a large reception. Electricity can easily be run to this location with advanced notice and the space has easy access and parking for caterers and other vendors.

The Croquet Lawn is a popular reception site. This space can easily accommodate ceremony seating for up to 200 guests or a 60’x 80’ tent suitable for a large reception.
 

The Terrace
The Terrace is the best location to take in all of Sotterley’s beauty in one sweeping view. This space is located just down a rolling slope from the gardens, at the foot of our 300 year old plantation house. From this perch on the hill there are river views in two directions, as well as the added beauty of the meadow, gardens and historic house. This space accommodates ceremony seating for up to 250 guests or a 30’x 90’ tent suitable for a large reception. For convenience, the space is equipped with an easily accessed power supply.

Experience the awe-inspiring beauty and rich history of Maryland’s Tidewater area as you create your own special memories

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The Barn  

 
The Barn is our site’s largest indoor venue. The space allows for theater or banquet seating for 120 guests. For larger events, clients often choose to augment the space using a tent, which placed on the lawn area in front, works as an extension - expanding the space and increasing the guest capacity.

Options for decorating the Barn are limitless. Allow your imagination to take flight. The more than twenty windows, four double doors, post and beam construction, and vaulted ceiling provide the framework for you to create your dream come true .

The Barn is our site’s largest indoor venue. The space allows for theater or banquet seating for 120 guests.

The Barn is our site’s largest indoor venue. The space allows for theater or banquet seating for 120 guests.

The Warehouse  


Our Warehouse is the ideal location for a cocktail hour, rehearsal dinner, intimate ceremony, or small reception. Brick walls and an exposed beam ceiling add to the charm of this space. Heat, ceiling fans, ample dimmable lighting and power supply provide the necessities. This space can accommodate ceremony seating for up to 50 guests, a standing reception for 75-100 guests, or banquet seating for 36 guests.

Our Warehouse is the ideal location for a cocktail hour, rehearsal dinner, intimate ceremony, or small reception. Brick walls and an exposed beam ceiling add to the charm of this space.

The Riverside Pavilion  
 
This open air covered structure is perfect for a wedding reception, family reunion, company picnic or casual outdoor party.

Secluded and located on a bluff overlooking Sotterley Creek and the Patuxent River, the Pavilion has a concrete floor, overhead lighting, electrical outlets, and optional picnic tables.

It has its own restroom facilities, parking area and cottage room for bridal party dressing.

The site is surrounded by gorgeous trees and stunning water views.

Bright and airy, this private corner of Sotterley is the perfect spot for your perfect day.

River View from the Riverside Pavilion

For the Bridal Party  
   

The Spinning Cottage
The charming two-room Spinning Cottage nestled just steps away from the plantation house provides the ideal little sanctuary for brides and their attendants as they prepare for the big day. The cottage is equipped with a newly renovated private restroom, climate control, large mirrors, closet and plenty of seating.

The charming two-room Spinning Cottage nestled just steps away from the plantation house provides the ideal little sanctuary for brides
   

Brink Cottage
  

Brinks Cottage provides a sanctuary for the brides and their attendants as they prepare.

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  2014 - SOTTERLEY WEDDING RENTAL PACKAGES

The 2014 Platinum Package - Ceremony & Reception
$2400

This rental package includes…

 

8 Hour Site Rental*

 

Choice of location for Ceremony (Barn, Gardens, Warehouse)**

 

Choice of location for Cocktail Hour (Gardens, Warehouse)**

 

Choice of location for Reception (Barn, Gardens, Warehouse)**

 

FREE use of Spinning Cottage for Bridal Party

 

Staffed Rehearsal Day Prior to Event

 

Onsite Event Staff

  Access to decorate the day prior-doesn't count against your 8 hour rental time
Experience the awe-inspiring beauty and rich history of Maryland’s Tidewater area as you create your own special memories

The 2014 Gold Package - Reception Only
$1800

This rental package includes…

 

6 Hour Site Rental*

 

Choice of location for Cocktail Hour (Gardens, Warehouse)**

 

Choice of location for Reception (Barn, Gardens, Warehouse)**

 

Onsite Event Staff

  Access to decorate the day prior-doesn't count against your 6 hour rental time

The 2014 Silver Package - Ceremony Only
$850

This rental package includes…

 

3 Hour Site Rental*

 

Choice of location for Ceremony (Barn, Gardens, Warehouse)**

  FREE use of Spinning Cottage for Bridal Party

 

Staffed Rehearsal Day Prior to Event

 

Onsite Event Staff

The 2014 Riverside Package - Ceremony & Reception
$1800

This rental package includes…

 

8 Hour Site Rental*

 

Use of Pavilion

 

FREE Use of Brink Cottage for Bridal Party

  Private Location and Parking

 

Staffed Rehearsal Day Prior to Event

 

Onsite Event Staff

  Access to decorate the day prior-doesn't count against your 8 hour rental time

*Additional hours may be added to wedding rental packages at the rate of $250 per hour.

**Choice of location is subject to availability. Other Sites on the property, not rented by the
    client, may be in use by the general public or another rental client during the same time frame.

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  2015 - SOTTERLEY WEDDING RENTAL PACKAGES

The 2015 Platinum Package - Ceremony & Reception
$2500

This rental package includes…

 

8 Hour Site Rental*

 

Choice of location for Ceremony (Barn, Gardens, Warehouse)**

 

Choice of location for Cocktail Hour (Gardens, Warehouse)**

 

Choice of location for Reception (Barn, Gardens, Warehouse)**

 

FREE use of Spinning Cottage for Bridal Party

 

Staffed Rehearsal Day Prior to Event

 

Onsite Event Staff

  Access to decorate the day prior-doesn't count against your 8 hour rental time.
Experience the awe-inspiring beauty and rich history of Maryland’s Tidewater area as you create your own special memories

The 2015 Gold Package - Reception Only
$1900

This rental package includes…

 

6 Hour Site Rental*

 

Choice of location for Cocktail Hour (Gardens, Warehouse)**

 

Choice of location for Reception (Barn, Gardens, Warehouse)**

 

Onsite Event Staff

  Access to decorate the day prior-doesn't count against your 6 hour rental time

The 2015 Silver Package - Ceremony Only
$900

This rental package includes…

 

3 Hour Site Rental*

 

Choice of location for Ceremony (Barn, Gardens, Warehouse)**

  FREE use of Spinning Cottage for Bridal Party

 

Staffed Rehearsal Day Prior to Event

 

Onsite Event Staff

The 2015 Riverside Package - Ceremony & Reception
$1800

This rental package includes…

 

8 Hour Site Rental*

 

Use of Pavilion

 

FREE Use of Brink Cottage for Bridal Party

  Private Location and Parking

 

Staffed Rehearsal Day Prior to Event

 

Onsite Event Staff

  Access to decorate the day prior-doesn't count against your 8 hour rental time

*Additional hours may be added to wedding rental packages at the rate of $250 per hour.

**Choice of location is subject to availability. Other Sites on the property, not rented by the
    client, may be in use by the general public or another rental client during the same time frame.

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Rental Deposit

All site rental agreements will require payment of both a security and nonrefundable deposit, due with signed contract, in order to hold date.

The security deposit is $500 and is refunded in full following the event, provided the site is left in good condition.

The non-refundable deposit, is $500 and this amount is credited to your final balance, provided the event is not cancelled. Should the event be cancelled this deposit is NOT refunded.

Cancellation Policy

If client cancels event no later than 30 days prior to the date of the event, client is entitled to a refund of all rental fees, except the non-refundable deposit.

If cancellation occurs within 30 days prior to the event date and up until two weeks prior to the event date, client will forfeit 50% of the total rental fee.

If cancellation occurs within two weeks prior to the event date, client will forfeit the entire rental fee, except the security deposit.

Sotterley Grounds Use, Policies & Procedures

 
   

Site Rental Contracts

For more information, contact Mellanie Teed, Events Manager:
phone: 301-373-2280
e-mail: events@sotterley.org          

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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
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
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The Sotterley Society
Ways to Give
CFC #13401
Sponsorship
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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
Summer Fun for Families
Workshops
   
MISC
  About Sotterley Plantation
Calendars
Contact
Farmer's Market at Sotterley
Grounds Use Policies
Misc Sotterley Forms
Stay Connected
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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
  2nd Saturday Series
Sotterley Speaker Series
Spring Break at Sotterley
Plant Sale & Free Plant Exchange
Gala in the Garden
Star-Spangled Celebration
Summer Fun for Families
Sotterley Barn Bash
Riverside WineFest at Sotterley
Ghosts of Sotterley
Sotterley Christmas Traditions
Family Plantation Christmas

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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