Education at Sotterley

Education is one of the most important aspects of Sotterley’s mission and touches almost everything that a visitor will encounter. Whether an exhibit, a tour, field trip, or event, the education of students and visitors about Sotterley’s history and culture takes place before, during and after a visit. Sotterley’s K-12 programs are Maryland State Department of Education approved and aligned with Maryland educational standards and teaching practices.

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Virtual Field Trip to the Sotterley Schoolhouse

School House Part 2

School is back in session at Sotterley!

Join us for this VIRTUAL field trip to the Sotterley Schoolhouse.





History Day

Family Friendly Resources for Home


Check out the videos below to see us get up close with bugs! Learn some wild fun facts about these tiny friends of ours and why some bugs just stink!

More Family Fun!

Using the most basic scientific concepts of flight and from household items, you can make your very own kite for flying on breezy Summer days. FYI Sotterley's riverside hill is perfect for kite flying!

Use your LEGO building skills and your imagination to recreate some of the sites of Sotterley!!! Build a LEGO version of the Manor House, the sundial from the garden, a monarch butterfly, the cupola from the top of the Manor House, or the gardens. Make your creation and then share it with us online. Post it on social media with the hashtag #SotterleySTEMEducation . We can't wait to see what you create!

A fun, interactive downloadable PDF, to use on your next adventure here at Sotterley! Simply click the link and print it out. Search the grounds and see if you can find them all!


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Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math

Sotterley hosts STEAM education programs at its site, providing students with opportunities to learn concepts introduced in the classroom in a more exciting way, through sensory learning. Sotterley partners with the St. Mary’s County Public Schools STEAM Academy.

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Our schools increasingly struggle to meet the comprehensive needs of students; each new generation faces an even more tenuous connection to knowledge. TODAY, a field trip to Sotterley is a “hands-on” day of discovery. TOMORROW our top priorities will be enhanced and expanded programs to reach more children and adult learners.”

For inquiries about Sotterley’s history, the Descendants’ Project, Field Trips or educational partnerships, please contact:

Junior Docent Academy

Are you looking for something fun to do this summer that involves history and interacting with others? We have the perfect opportunity for you! Our Junior Docent Academy will enhance your communication skills while sharing our rich history and exquisite site with visitors. Upon successful completion, you will become Junior Docents and ambassadors of Historic Sotterley. Ages 8-18. Advance Registration Required.