Sotterley Plantation, a National Historic Landmark, has a history dating back to the turn of the 18th century and is one of the oldest museums of its kind in the United States. Many have called Sotterley home over its 300 year history. Some came to prosper; others worked the land, either for wages or under bondage. Sotterley today consists of almost 100 acres of breathtaking beauty on the Patuxent River that includes over six miles of nature trails, Colonial Revival Gardens, and over 20 historic buildings. The Plantation House had its beginnings in 1703 and has undergone many changes and additions over time. Sotterley's only surviving original Slave Cabin illustrates the life conditions of many St. Mary's County people from the early-1800s into the early 20th century. We invite you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of Sotterley and also its rich story of history and cultures. Join us for the wide variety of public programming offered throughout the year, and become a part of Sotterley's historic legacy through membership! Accessible by water, call for information. Grounds open year round. Guided tour season: May 1 - Oct. 31, Tuesdays - Sundays. Museum Shop is open during tour season. Group Tours available.
Featured in "The 25 Best Historic Homes in America" by Traditional Home Magazine.
National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom site. Sotterley’s 1830s slave cabin exemplifies typical slave housing in the Tidewater region yet also features unique architectural elements. The plantation’s interpretive program incorporates the story of the Kane Family’s time at Sotterley which spanned the pre and post -Civil War Eras. The site also features a main dwelling and numerous outbuildings dating from the early 18th through the early 20th centuries. Tours focusing on African-American life at Sotterley by advance arrangement.
A Tidewater Plantation on the banks of the Patuxent River. The Manor house, out-buildings and gardens or located on a rise above the lower fields along the river. The garden walks and the lower fields are good for open country birds. From MD 235, turn east on MD 245 and follow the signs to the Plantation.
Civil War History
Dating from the early 18th century, the tobacco plantation was dependent on slaves. One slave cabin, dating from the 1830’s survives. The plantation’s interpretive program incorporates the Civil War Era and includes the story of the Kane Family’s time at Sotterley which spanned that period
War of 1812
The plantation was a mustering site for local militia aiding the Chesapeake Flotilla. More than 40 slaves escaped to British vessels. Tour the plantation and see special War of 1812-related sites.
Meeting and Event Facilities
A National Historic Landmark, Sotterley Plantation's unique combination of history and beauty create a truly exceptional backdrop for special occasions of all kinds.
The Sotterley gardens provide four distinct areas for private functions, all of which also afford stunning views of the Patuxent River. Many couples have chosen these venues to create the perfect atmosphere in which to exchange their vows and celebrate the start of their new lives together.
The newly restored Barn at Sotterley with its added amenities and charm is also now available for special occasion rentals. Other areas of Sotterley available for rentals are the Custom's Warehouse, the Spinning Cottage, the Mansion Portico, the Education Center Conference Room and the Pavilion. Each area is distinctive in its ambiance and the opportunities it affords in creating the perfect setting for your event.
Please call the office or visit the website for more information.