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.

Find Unique Colonial Gifts at Sotterley's Museum Shop/Visitor Center

Museum Shop/Visitor Center Hours of Operation
May 1 - October 31

Tuesday - Saturday
10:00 am to 4:00 pm *


11:45 am - 4 pm *

closed to public

The Visitor Center and Museum Shop are housed in the Knott Farmhouse and is your first stop when visiting the plantation. Herbert Satterlee built this house for Charles Herbert Knott, Sr. and his family. Mr. Knott worked for the previous owner and was later hired as a caretaker and farm manager by Mr. Satterlee in 1910.

In addition to obtaining literature about the site and/or passes to tour the Plantation House and its grounds, the Museum Shop offers a wonderful selection of books, historical, cookbooks, regional and special interest, books for children, and books written by the lecturers of our Speaker Series. We also offer colonial toys, jewelry, local crafts, garden accents, wine accessories, t-shirts, and more. Our selection reflects the plantation's 300 year old history, its people and the rich cultural diversity of the greater Southern Maryland region.

What's New at Sotterley's Museum Shop

In keeping with this year’s theme “Celebrating the Local Region,” we now carry prints by Mary Lou Troutman and Christina Allen. Both of these extraordinary women have amazing talents. We invite you to read about them and view their works on our website. In addition, we have more jewelry, books written by local authors, and children’s & women’s Sotterley t-shirts.

Our Farmer’s Market inspired the opening of a new exhibit at the Visitors Center. This exhibit celebrates the soul of every home, the dining room. The dining room is where we celebrate holidays, birthdays, anniversaries, accomplishments, and the lives of loved ones past. It’s where we gather around the table at the end of the day with a home cooked meal, or take out, and discuss what has happened at work, school, and home, daily.

The new exhibit houses an extensive collection of pewter ware, a 18th century period dress, a turn of the 19th century Morgan Organ, a model of the Slave Cabin, original watercolors by Christina Allen, “The Dinner”, a documentary on sustainable living practiced on Mrs. Allen’s farm, and more. This exhibit is a work in progress and we encourage you to stop by the Visitor’s Center and experience what dinner time was like for the people who worked on this plantation.

Dave Brown has written a new book, “George Plater of Sotterley.” Mr. Brown’s new book examines the life of Maryland’s sixth governor, George Plater and a former Sotterley owner. His book is available online, as well as, in our Museum Shop.

For your convenience, we have a selection of items available to purchase on-line, and we invite you to become a friend, to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

For your shopping convenience, we will continue adding to our selection of products available for purchase online.

Coming soon! “A Piece of Sotterley” collection. 

SHOP ONLINE at Sotterley Plantation's Museum Shop!


Sotterley Plantation Knott House Ornament

The Knott House Ornament

The Knott House became the Welcome Center for Historicial Sotterley Plantation in May 2010. It was originally built in 1910 for Herbert Satterlee’s new caretaker, Charles Knott. Being our visitor’s first stop on their journey through 300 years of history, the Knott House has become one of our most iconic buildings.

Order by Dec 15th for Christmas delivery

Sotterley Plantation Corn Crib Ornament

The Corn Crib Ornament

The Corn Crib is an iconic building on our site boasting the curled cedar siding. The Corn Crib restoration was completed in late 2014 and the distinctive curled siding must now weather for many years! The good news is that the distinctive siding is preserved in the 2014 ornament.

1703 Historic Sotterley Plantation House Ornament

1703 Plantation House Ornament - c 1703

A rare, fine example of post-in-ground architecture. James Bowles first built a two-room house with a loft on the land that we now call Sotterley, adding a third room by 1715. By c.1780, George Plater III had enlarged the house to include a half-story second floor, dining room, and a large, ornate drawing room and entryway. During the 19th century, Dr. Walter Hanson Stone Briscoe added a kitchen to the riverside of the house. The Satterlee family restored the house during the Colonial Revival period of the 20th century, removing the 19th century kitchen, and adding a Revival-style kitchen at the south of the house.

Historic Sotterley Plantation Necessary Ornament

The Necessary Ornament - late 18th / early 19th century

Used by the residents of the Plantation House, it features receptacles and arched openings in the back for cleaning. By the 20th century the building was bricked along with the wall and tool shed, adding a symmetrical look to the gardens.

Sotterley Plantation Historic Barn Ornament

Historic Barn Ornament - c 1920

Built a horse barn by Herbert Satterlee, restoration work began in 2005 to convert the barn into an indoor venue for Sotterley. It allows us to host meetings, concerts, wedding receptions, education programs, and our annual Speaker Series.

Sotterley Plantation Smoke House Ornament

Smoke House Ornament - c 19th century

Before the days of refrigeration, a smoke house was the primary way to preserve meat and thus was an important feature of the plantation. The brining trough, hollowed from a single tree trunk, was used for curing hams and other meats.


Click here to purchase George Plater of Sotterley by David G BrownNote: This book available only at the Sotterley Museum or thru this website
George Plater of Sotterley
by David G. Brown (November 2014)
$17.99 - Paperback
The Letters of George Plater - free download

Brown's research breathes life into a largely under-studied and underappreciated Maryland Patriot and the owner of Sotterley Plantation from 1755 to 1792.  George Plater was a modest, gentry gentleman, a member of the Anglican Church, and a dedicated public servant.  His most notable contribution as president of the Maryland Senate during the decade of the 1780’s – on his very first day in office he persuaded his colleagues to ratify the Articles of Confederation after a two year stalemate.

Click here to purchase Sotterley Plantation by Jeanne K Pirtle

Sotterley Plantation (Images of America)
by Jeanne K. Pirtle (Sep 9, 2013)
$21.99 - Paperback

The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series is Sotterley Plantation from local author Jeanne K. Pirtle. The book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of days gone by on this Maryland plantation.

Click here for more information on Sotterley: Her People and Their Worlds - Three Hundred Years of a Maryland Plantation

Sotterley: Her People and Their Worlds - Three Hundred Years of a Maryland Plantation
by David G. Brown (April 15, 2010)
$17 - Paperback

The story of Sotterley Plantation began shortly after the founding of Maryland and continued over the next three centuries. It rose from humble beginnings, prospered in the age of tobacco and slavery, endured The Great Depression, and survived three wars, only to stumble toward imminent ruin until a generous fate brought both restoration and a renewed relevance for our time.

Memories of Sotterley - by Richard Knott and Shawn Knott

Memories of Sotterley
by Richard Knott and Shawn Knott (Jan 1, 2003)
$28.95 - Paperback

Memories of Sotterley, written by Richard Knott and his grandson Shawn Knott, is a rare collection of history and personal stories regarding Sotterley Plantation, from one who lived and worked there.





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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.  


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


  Hours of Operation
Tickets and Admission
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
  Become a Member
The Sotterley Society
Ways to Give
CFC #13401
Corporate Circle Membership
Job Opportunities
Visit St. Mary's
  Wedding/Reception Venue
Corporate Events
Private Parties
Family Reunions
Photo Gallery
Calendar of Site Availability
  Field Trips
Field Trip Calendar
Book a Sotterley Field Trip
Day Care Outings
Homeschool Groups
Junior Docent Academy
Spring Break at Sotterley
  About Sotterley Plantation
Farmer's Market at Sotterley
Grounds Use Policies
Misc Sotterley Forms
Stay Connected
Site Map
  Preservation Needs
  •  Past and Future Efforts
  •  Adopt a Project
  •  Building Maintenance
  •  Grounds Maintenance
  •  Adopt-A-Tree/Landscape Fund
  •  Conservation & Preservation
  •  Research
  •  Adopt a Collections Piece
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
  Ticket Sales
Plan Your Event
Photo Gallery
  Barn Bash
The Holidays at Sotterley
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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