Sotterley's Vault

Historic Sotterley utilizes the power of its descendants, stories, buildings, and land to experience our past and connect relevance to our world today.  Sotterley embraces its responsibility to interpret all aspects of our shared history with honesty and integrity. Anyone can easily access Sotterley's educational assets here, free to the public, presented through oral histories, filmed presentations, and Facebook Live Events.   Sotterley endeavors to use the reality of our shared history to help build a better future.

Facebook Lives: The Big Picture

The Big Picture

April 9, 2020

Stories from Ancestors

April 16, 2020

Cabin Fever

April 23, 2020

If These Walls Could Talk

April 30, 2020

Land, Lives, and Labor

May 7, 2020

Seeing Signs

May 14, 2020

Sotterley 1812

May 28, 2020

Civil War and Slavery’s Aftermath

June 4, 2020

The Art of Perspective

June 11, 2020

Culture Shock! Personal and Positive

June 18, 2020

Forgetting Our Past at Our Peril

June 25, 2020

Past Speaker Series


Diving for History: Never Too Old to Play in The Mud


David Howe, Secretary, Institute of Maritime History, Retired Admiralty Lawyer

Conducting underwater archaeological reconnaissance, David Howe discusses his work to locate, research, assess, and preserve submerged historic sites.  From Washington’s  miniature ship, The Federalist, to numerous Civil War sites, Mr. Howe shares the methods, mission, and madness associated with mapping and identifying the underwater “museums” that haunt the Mid-Atlantic waterways.

Thomas Jefferson's Education


Dr. Alan Shaw Taylor, American Historian, Pulitzer Prize-winning Author

Dr. Alan Shaw Taylor will 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.