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.

"The Choice" - Risking Your Life For Freedom

In the summer of 1814, 49 of Sotterley’s enslaved men, women and children joined the British to pursue freedom. “The Choice,” written by Dale Jones and directed by Dawna Diaz, features superb local actors and will be added to the many educational resources offered by Sotterley.

Historic Sotterley Plantation collaborated with many individuals and organizations to create “The Choice – Risking Your Life for Freedom”, the living history presentation about Sotterley’s enslaved who left with the British in 1814. Performed live at Sotterley for three years, a film version was created thanks to a grant from The Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium and the Star Spangled 200.  Historic Sotterley produced the 40 minute video, with the filming expertise of David Taylor and crew from Phocus Video.

Sotterley’s story is one of decision, struggle, resistance and courage of enslaved African-Americans who saw an opportunity, faced the unknown, and took their chances to gain their freedom. The Choice – Risking Your Life For Freedom The story of Sotterley Plantation during the War of 1812 is a human story. There were no great skirmishes, naval battles or major monuments burning. The British used an even greater weapon; they offered freedom to slaves. Sotterley Plantation During the War of 1812

 

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Tickets for our special events become available approximately 45 days before the date of the event thru Ticket Derby.

 

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MISSION / VISION

MISSION ...

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.  

VISION ...

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

DIRECTIONS

VISIT SOTTERLEY
  Hours of Operation
Tickets and Admission
Directions
Tour Information
  •  Plantation House Guided Tours
  •  Self-Guided Tours
  •  Audio Tours
  •  General Visiting Information
Group/Specialty Tours
Colonial Revival Gardens
Things to Do
  •  Nature Trails
  •  Bird Watching
  •  Family Fun
  •  Exhibits
  •  Museum Shop
Visitor's Map of Sotterley
Photo Gallery
   
JOIN US
  Become a Member
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The Sotterley Society
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CFC #13401
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Visit St. Mary's
 
SITE RENTALS
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EDUCATION
  Field Trips
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Homeschool Groups
Internships
Junior Docent Summer Training
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Spring Break at Sotterley
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MISC
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PRESERVATION
  Preservation Needs
Restoration
  •  Past and Future Efforts
  •  Adopt a Project
Conservation
  •  Building Maintenance
  •  Grounds Maintenance
  •  Adopt-A-Tree/Landscape Fund
Archaeology
Collections
  •  Conservation & Preservation
  •  Research
  •  Adopt a Collections Piece
Preserving Our Stories
  •  Research
  •  Oral History
  •  Video Library
  •  Middle Passage Project
  •  Genealogy
   
HISTORY
  1699 - 1775
1776 - 1822
1823 - 1909
1910 - 1961
Timeline
  •  Colonial Period
  •  Federal 
  •  19th Century - Part 1 
  •  19th Century - Part 2
  •  20th Century
Research
Sotterley Today
 
EVENTS
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SOTTERLEY EVENTS
  The Holidays at Sotterley
Gala in the Garden
Ghosts of Sotterley
Plant Sale & Free Plant Exchange
Riverside WineFest at Sotterley
Butterfly Fridays
Sotterley Barn Bash
Sotterley Speaker Series
Spring Break at Sotterley
Summer Fun for Families

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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