Our grounds are open.

Our office, visitor center, exhibits, and restrooms are closed.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak Status

Historic Sotterley is respecting and abiding by Governor Hogan’s guidelines as of March 30, 2020, for the closure of non-essential businesses and the stay at home directive.

Upcoming Events

  1. Mother’s Day at Sotterley!

    May 10 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  2. Speaker Series – Dr. Alan Shaw Taylor

    May 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  3. UNESCO – World Day for Cultural Diversity, Dialogue & Development

    May 21 @ 7:00 pm - May 22 @ 8:00 pm
  4. Explore Family History with Kenyatta Berry, Genealogist, TV Host

    May 30 @ 9:30 am - May 31 @ 4:00 pm
  5. Aloha Gala – A Fundraiser for Historic Sotterley

    June 13 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm


With honesty and integrity, Sotterley embraces our responsibility to interpret all aspects of our shared history.

We are dedicated to being an exceptional educational and cultural resource, with a full range of formal education programs, as well as events and visitor programs.  We are 94 acres with over 20 authentic structures providing a stunning backdrop for our stories.  In the tradition of our ancestors, we farm sustainable, and donate most of what we grow to local food pantries.

We pay it forward.

The Campaign for Sotterley

Thank you for the generous support, which helps make Sotterley possible!

Sotterley is more than a National Historic Landmark. It is a peerless asset that exists to help people find connection, connection to our history, to the land, to our common values and connection to one another.

Our aim is to touch more lives and have an even greater impact on our local, state, and national communities through these main areas of focus: Education Without Boundaries, Growing for Good, Saving our Treasures, Building a Better Community, and “Necessary” Functions.

What's Happening at Historic Sotterley

"Sotterley is genuinely interested in its grounds and using them differently- being a productive farm and community gathering place that is working toward more ecological improvements. It's far more than a museum." 

David Moulton, Member since 2012

"Recognition of slavery- not a monument to slavery but a place for learning- Sotterley is doing a great job talking about this" 

Francie de Peyster, Member since 2012

As an architect, I am intrigued by the timeline the house itself reveals- where roof lines stop and start. The evolution of 300 years of families, buildings, and stories is fascinating." 

James W. Ritter, FAIA, B&G Committee since 2017 

"Years ago I chaperoned my daughter's 4th grade field trip. I remember experiencing her joy and excitement." 

Mary Lynn Stone, Member since 1999

"Sotterley's stories are just as relevant and well-preserved as any major National Park or site like Mount Vernon and Monticello." 

Julie Woods, Volunteer & Docent

Education without Boundaries

Specializing in outside-the-classroom interactive experiences. Discovery and exploration are not just for kids!

Preserving our Treasures

Sharing powerful stories of our collective history utilizing irreplaceable assets, and preserving more than 20 historical structures on 94 acres.

Growing for Good 

Utilizing sustainable farming to grow organic produce for our market and donate to local food panties while reducing run-off to our waterways.

Building a Better Community 

Creating connection to our shared history while providing opportunities for cultural enrichment and engagement. Our place in the community is more important than ever.

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