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.

Restoration Efforts at Historic Sotterley Plantation

There have been numerous restoration efforts at Sotterley Plantation over its 300 year existence. Many of these were conducted by past owners of the property such as Herbert and Louisa Satterlee in the early 20th century. These efforts have all ensured that Sotterley still stands today and that its rich history and stories can continue to be interpreted for future generations. The work carried out over the past centuries is now continued by Historic Sotterley, Inc.

Past and Future Efforts

Following the death of Sotterley’s last owner in 1993, the site faced enormous financial and preservation challenges. With few resources and many structures that would soon face irreparable deterioration, The National Trust for Historic Preservation focused its attention on Sotterley Plantation in 1996, naming it as one of the 11 Most Endangered Homes in America. This recognition helped Sotterley obtain critically needed funding, including Save America’s Treasures grants, State of Maryland Bond Bills, and other grant and private funding. A Preservation Plan was created, and following this plan, the Plantation House was stabilized and systems put in that would help preserve and protect it. Sotterley’s Barn is equipped with concrete flooring, ample dimmable lighting and electrical capabilities, restrooms, and a prep area with counter space, large sink, and refrigerator.

The Barn at Sotterley was restored in 2004. In order to help meet the institution’s need for a building in which to host larger educational and cultural events, a concrete floor, restrooms, enhanced electrical system, and prep kitchen were added. Retaining its unique charm, this space is now host to many site rentals and educational programs such as the Sotterley Speaker Series.

Sotterley Plantation's Original Slave CabinSotterley’s 1830’s Slave Cabin has undergone critical restoration in both 1989 and in 2009, and the interior and exterior walls, roof, chimney, and fireplace all received critical stabilization work. This rare structure is vitally important to Sotterley’s interpretation efforts, and central to many of its education programs including Slavery to Freedom and To Live Enslaved.

Many other buildings have received various levels restoration in the past 20 years. This work included replacing cedar shingle roofs on buildings such as the Ice House, Smokehouse, Necessary, Tool Shed, Corn Crib, and Warehouse, and replacing asphalt roofs on buildings such as the Turkey Shed, Wood Shed, Creamery, and Archaeology Shed. Sotterley’s Barn is equipped with concrete flooring, ample dimmable lighting and electrical capabilities, restrooms, and a prep area with counter space, large sink, and refrigerator.

In 2011, however, Hurricane Irene swept through Southern Maryland, and the devastation it left behind at Sotterley Plantation was heart-wrenching. Sotterley lost over 170 trees (and almost just as many within its nature trails) and its landscape was ripped apart. The site also sustained damage to its Plantation House, Smokehouse, Spinning Cottage, Barn, Office, Visitor Center, Gardener’s Cottage, and Grape Arbor. Most of the restoration efforts have now been completed on Sotterley’s buildings, but work will continue for years to come to restore the Sotterley’s landscape to its former beauty.

Sotterley’s Barn is equipped with concrete flooring, ample dimmable lighting and electrical capabilities, restrooms, and a prep area with counter space, large sink, and refrigerator.There are still so many restoration needs at Sotterley. The Plantation House has many rooms that have yet to be restored on the first floor, and all of the second floor rooms require restoration as well. Numerous outbuildings, while stabilized by the replacement of aging roofs in the last few years, still require a great deal of restoration work on the rest of the structures and on the interiors. And the landscape at Sotterley, left ravaged by Hurricane Irene, still requires a great deal of work and new plantings to fully realize healing.

Adopt a Project

How can YOU make a difference? Many donors and businesses have chosen to adopt a project. Due to their generosity and philanthropy, rooms have been restored in the Plantation House, buildings have been painted, restrooms have been repaired, roofs have been replaced, porches have been restored, aging shutters repaired, and so much more. One project at a time, Sotterley’s history has been preserved, and you too can be a part of Sotterley’s ongoing restoration efforts.

Donations can be made with both direct funding and in-kind gifts, and all donations help to achieve success.

 To learn how you can be a part of preserving Sotterley Plantation for the future, contact development@sotterley.org or call 301-373-2280.



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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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