Plantation House, which will be ready for public viewing on Sunday, May 1st, first day of the 2011 tour season.
A team of people came together beginning in the summer of 2010 to collaborate on the creation of a new guided
tour for Sotterley Plantation. The goal was to not only gain a consistent and strong tour that would better recount
Sotterley’s 300 year history, but to ensure that the stories of all who lived and worked here, including those
enslaved, were remembered and told. The end result produced a tour which offers far more than Sotterley’s
original goal, however, and the new tour will stand out from other sites in its approach and the experience it
offers to visitors.
The new guided tour will still examine the complex and rich three century history of Sotterley Plantation, but
will now also look at the site and its people through the lens of the Colonial Revival movement. At the turn of the
20th century when there was a resurgence of patriotism in our nation, the site was purchased and painstakingly
restored by Herbert and Louisa Satterlee. Their restoration efforts focused on portraying the ideals of our
colonial past, yet in doing so both highlighted and masked different aspects of Sotterley’s history. The new tour
will not only offer new glimpses and perspectives into this National Historic Landmark’s past, but will also
showcase collections pieces not previously displayed, which help to tell Sotterley’s stories.
This tour was made possible when Sotterley was awarded an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant last summer due to the efforts of Board of Trustees member Merideth Taylor. The new tour was written by Ken Cohen,
Professor of History at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and this summer Professor Cohen will also help create a
Plantation Tour of the grounds which will then be made into an audio tour for visitors. Finally, the grant will
produce an audio version of the guided tour, a 10-minute video about Sotterley Plantation, and help place
streaming videos on the website.
1703 Plantation House Guided Tour: May 1 - October 31.
Check in at Visitor Center.
$10 for adults | $8 for seniors | $5 ages 6-12 | 5 and under free.
Tuesday - Saturday Tours at 10:30 & 11:30 am, 1, 2 and 3 pm.
Sunday Tours at Noon, 1, 2 and 3 pm.