Monday, November 22, 2010

Sotterley on Maryland Public Television!

Don’t Miss It!
Sotterley Plantation
Scheduled for On-Air
Maryland Public Television Appearance

On November 29, 2010 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., several members from Sotterley’s Board of Trustees, staff, and supporters will be volunteering on Maryland Public Television’s pledge drive during the premiere of “Cirque du Soleil – Flowers in the Desert.” The program will be televised 10 times over the upcoming year. “This is a wonderful and mutually beneficial opportunity for both Sotterley and Maryland Public Television. We are delighted to answer phones and take pledges on MPT’s behalf. As a bonus, it will afford Sotterley and its mission statewide television exposure,” stated Nancy Easterling, Executive Director of Sotterley Plantation.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Sneak Peek at the 2011 Calendar!

The Garden Fair at Sotterley Plantation!
May 14 & 15, 2011 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Informative topics, plant sale, exhibits & demos, vendors, and all things garden-related.
Admission $ at the gate only.

Gala in the Garden!
June 18, 2011 5:30 p.m.
Hot Jazz, Cool Breezes, Palate Pleasers, Live & Silent Auctions!
Admission $

An Independence Day Concert Celebration!
July 3, 2011 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Celebrate our Nation's birth with a concert on the front lawn. Silent Auction & Brown Bag Raffle.
Military FREE with ID.
Admission $ at the gate only.

The Riverside WineFest at Sotterley 2011!
October 1 & 2, 2011 Noon - 6 p.m.
Celebrate the Best of Maryland in the Breathtaking Setting of this National Historic Landmark!
Wine Tastings from over 20 Maryland wineries, local artisans, live music, exhibits & demos, Maryland favorite foods, and children's fun!
Beat the Line, Buy Online! (available closer to the event)
or purchase tickets at the gate. Varied Admission Prices.

The Ghosts of Sotterley Tours 2011!
October 13, 14, 15, 2011
NEW THIS YEAR: Additional two dates: October 21 & 22, 2011
A spooky historical dramatization set during the Post-Civil War Era, outdoor walking tour.
Tours begin at 7 p.m. and run every 10 minutes. Sorry, we cannot accommodate walk-ins.
Not recommended for young children.
Save Time, Buy Online! (available closer to the event)
Admission $

Family Plantation Christmas!
December 3, 2011 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Celebrate the start of the holiday season at this wonderful and wondrous family event!
Visit St. Nick & Mrs. Claus! Sotterley Garden Guild's Seasonal Greens & Gifts!
Mrs. Claus' Kitchen! Santa's Secret Shop! Horse-drawn Carriage Rides!
Live Seasonal Music! Crafts & Activities! and MORE!
Admission $ at the gate only.

Holiday Candlelight Tours 2011
December 9 & 10, 2011
Set during the Post-Civil War Era, the drama unfolds within the 1703 Plantation House!
Tours begin at 6 p.m. and run every 10 minutes. Sorry, we cannot accommodate walk-ins.
Save Time! Buy Online! (available closer to the event)
Admission $

Additional events to take place at Sotterley during 2011 will be posted once dates are confirmed. Hope to see you at Sotterley in 2011, often!

Site to be Closed

Sotterley Plantation will be closed for Thanksgiving weekend: Thursday, November 25 - Sunday, the 28th.

But please feel free to take a Self-Guided Tour from Nov. 1 - April 30th on Tuesdays - Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Sundays from Noon - 4 p.m. Just stop by the Visitor Center to pick up the map!

The Guided Tour Season will resume on May 1st and runs through October 31st. If you have your heart set on a Guided Mansion Tour, great news: We DO accommodate Group Tours all year-round! For more information, please contact Kim Husick at 301-373-2280 or

Corn Crib - Before & After

Fantastic new roof!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Another GREAT holiday event at Sotterley!

Holiday Candlelight Tours 2011 - "Spies & Other Guests"
Sotterley Plantation
December 10 & 11
First Tour begins at 6pm; tours run every 10 minutes

This year's Holiday Candlelight Tours at Sotterley Plantation will feature a time-traveling experience during the Civil War Era to Christmas 1864. On December 10th and 11th from 6 pm - 10 pm, this historical dramatization unfolds within the 1703 Plantation House, with stellar performances by The Sotterley Players.

The Civil War rages on throughout the Southeast, but the holiday spirit is alive and well at Sotterley. Upon entering the historic Plantation House, tour guests will have the opportunity to witness the annual Holiday celebration of Dr. Walter Hanson Briscoe and Mrs. Emaline Briscoe. Along with their families and closest friends, this year's guest list also includes "Spies & Other Guests"! The mood is one of joyous merriment as enchanting stories are shared.

Live performances by local premiere high school choral groups and complimentary cookies and punch will be available in the historic Barn, prior to reserved tour time.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED! Sorry, we cannot accommodate walk-ins.
NEW THIS YEAR: Save Time! Buy Online: The cost is $15 per person. Buy Online and receive a 10% discount for the Sotterley Museum Shop!
Phone orders: 301-373-2280 $16 per person

Visitors are asked to arrive 20-30 minutes prior to their scheduled tour time and proceed directly to our Barn to check-in. Once you have checked in, please stay in the general area and listen for your scheduled tour time to be announced. The tours must leave on their scheduled time, and cannot be made up if you are late.

All tickets are NON-refundable. This is a rain or shine event. No pets, alcoholic beverages or coolers are permitted. Unfortunately, no wheelchairs, walkers or strollers are permitted in the Plantation House (the tour site).

Santa is coming to Sotterley!

Do You Hear Sleigh Bells?
Family Plantation Christmas
December 4th
10am - 4pm
This year's Family Plantation Christmas will be held on Saturday, December 4th from 10am - 4pm at Sotterley Plantation, offering a full day of wonderment and Christmas spirit!
New for 2010! Petting Zoo! Patuxent Voices, a women's acapella group, will perform Christmas favorites throughout many historical periods! Sotterley Garden Guild will demonstrate Holiday Swag Making!

And the old favorites: Let Santa know what you want for Christmas, purchase scrumptious treats from Mrs. Claus' kitchen, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, sing along with the carolers, make holiday crafts, visit Sotterley's Museum Shop to find unique holiday gifts while the children buy presents at Santa's Secret Shop, and purchase seasonal greens and hand-crafted items from Sotterley's Garden Guild!
Make this event part of your family tradition!
Cost: $5 per person at the gate.