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Welcome to Historic Sotterley


Historic Sotterley's grounds are open!

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

Site Hours: Monday - Saturday 10 am - 4pm & Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm


Dr. Alan Shaw Taylor will his discuss his newest work: a brilliant, absorbing study of Thomas Jefferson’s campaign to save Virginia through education. In turns entertaining and tragic, this beautifully written history reveals the origins of a great university in the dilemmas of Virginia slavery. If offers an incisive portrait of Thomas Jefferson set against a social fabric of planters in decline, enslaved black families torn apart by sales, and a hair-trigger code of male honor.

For the 13th season, this series is a FREE public event, made possible by the generous sponsorship of The Boeing Company! 


Do love Dr. Taylor's work? Get your own personalized book plate from a Pulitzer Prize winning author and longtime Sotterley friend Dr. Alan Taylor.

Personalized copies of his book are now available for sale. Upon checkout specify how you'd like you book personalized.

To obtain a personalized copy of Dr. Alan Shaw Taylor's, Thomas Jefferson's Education, click the link below. We will call you directly to complete your order.  Your book will arrive in 4 - 6 weeks.

Speaker Series 2020


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.

"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

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