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. CFC#13401

2017 Sotterley Speaker Series

The Boeing Company - 2013 Sotterley Speaker Series SponsorSotterley Plantation is pleased to announce the presenters for the 2017 Speaker Series at Sotterley. An important community outreach, this series is yet another way that this National Historic Landmark fulfills its mission of preserving, researching, and interpreting Sotterley Plantation’s diverse cultures and environments and to serve the world as an educational, cultural, and community resource.

This year we are celebrating 10 years of partnership with the Boeing Company! Their dedication to promoting education and the arts within the Southern Maryland community enables us to offer our Speaker Series free to the public! Due to limited seating, advanced reservations are required. Call 301-373-2280 for reservations.

Sotterley Speaker Series 2017 Schedule
Apr 20  |  May 24  |  Jun 28  |  Aug 30  |  Sep 27  |  Oct 11  |  Nov 1

Dr. Adam Rothman
Faith, Family & Freedom in the Maryland Jesuit Slave Community
Wednesday, April 20, 2017
7:00 p.m. in the Barn
Admission:  FREE  - Please call 301-373-2280 to make your reservation today!

To begin our Slave Cabin Dedication Weekend, we are honored to host Dr. Adam Rothman, professor of History at Georgetown University as he addresses the culture of the Maryland Jesuit Slave Community.


Katrina Browne
Traces of the Trade
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
7:00 p.m. in the Barn
Admission:  FREE - Please call 301-373-2280 to make your reservation today!

In the feature documentary, Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history.


Marta McDowell
All the Presidents' Gardens
Wednesday, June 28, 2017
7:00 p.m. in the Barn
Admission:  FREE - Please call 301-373-2280 to make your reservation today!

Starting with plant-obsessed George Washington and ending with Michelle Obama's kitchen garden, both history buffs and gardeners will revel in the fascinating tidbits about Lincoln’s goats, Ike's putting green, Jackie's iconic roses, and Amy Carter's tree house.


James Robertson
Civil War Echoes
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
7:00 p.m. in the Barn

Admission:  FREE - Please call 301-373-2280 to make your reservation today!

Using excerpts from 33,000 recovered letters, diaries, and other documents brought to life during the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, James Robertson’s presentation captures the thoughts, feelings and daily lives of people who lived and fought in Virginia during the Civil War.


Elizabeth Mitchell
Liberty's Torch
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
7:00 p.m. in the Barn

Admission:  FREE - Please call 301-373-2280 to make your reservation today!

The Statue of Liberty has become a symbol of freedom and the American Dream, but the story of the statue’s creation has been obscured by myth. In reality, she was the inspiration of one quixotic French sculptor hungry for fame and adoration.


Michael Twitty
The Cooking Gene
, October 11, 2017
7:00 p.m. in the Barn

Admission:  FREE - Please call 301-373-2280 to make your reservation today!

From tobacco and rice farms of colonial times to plantation kitchens and backbreaking cotton fields, Twitty sifts through stories, recipes, genetic tests, and historical documents to tell his family story through the foods that enabled his ancestors’ survival across three centuries.


Reisha Raney
Forgotten Patriot
, November 1, 2017
7:00 p.m. in the Barn

Admission:  FREE -  Please call 301-373-2280 to make your reservation today!

Reisha Raney reflects on her heritage, her recently discovered family ties to President Jefferson, and her accomplishments as the leader of Daughters of the American Revolution Fort Washington Chapter.




  Hours of Operation
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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
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Photo Gallery
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The Sotterley Society
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CFC #13401
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  Wedding/Reception Venue
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Junior Docent Academy
Spring Break at Sotterley

  About Sotterley Plantation
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  •  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
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  Family Plantation Christmas
Gala in the Garden
Ghosts of Sotterley

Homeschool Days
Plant Sale & Free Plant Exchange
Riverside WineFest at Sotterley
Butterfly Fridays
Sotterley Barn Bash
Sotterley 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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