Monday, July 30, 2012

The War of 1812 at Sotterley & Southern Maryland

2012 Speaker Series at Sotterley
Edward C. Papenfuse, Ph.D.
“The War of 1812 at Sotterley and Southern Maryland”
Sunday, September 9
3:00 p.m. in the Barn

Sotterley Plantation is proud to partner with The Boeing Company in announcing the upcoming 2012 Speaker Series presentation entitled “The War of 1812 at Sotterley and Southern Maryland” by Edward C. Papenfuse, Ph.D.

Dr. Papenfuse has held the positions of Maryland State Archivist and Commissioner of Land Patents since 1975. As director of the extensive activities of the Maryland State Archives in Annapolis, he is responsible for the Archives’ vast collection of government and private materials and dealing with the materials that the Archives has made available online to the public, especially regarding research on Maryland slaves who fled to the British forces during the War of 1812. He is the author of numerous articles and books, has developed an approach to providing reference services and teaching courses on the Internet, played a major role in the design of the present Archives building, initiated the creation of the award-winning Maryland State Archives website, and teaches courses at the University of Maryland College Park, the University of Maryland Law School, and the Johns Hopkins University.

This event is FREE to the public. Advance reservations are required due to limited seating. Call 301-373-2280 to make your reservation.

Because of the generous grant and continued support from The Boeing Company, Sotterley Plantation is able to offer this important community outreach, fulfilling its mission of serving as an educational resource and cultural venue while it seeks to preserve, interpret and research the plantation’s diverse cultures and environments through its history.


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

WINEFEST Web Pages Up & Running!

Great news - the TENTH Annual Riverside WineFest at Sotterley webpages are up & running, thanks to Matt Dumas at The BayNet! What this means:

1. You will get ALL of the information regarding WineFest!

2. You will have the opportunity to order DISCOUNTED tickets to WineFest!

3. You will see the companies and individuals who are sponsoring WineFest (updated frequently)!

4. Your will see the list of the talented Artisans who will be selling their wares at WineFest!

5. You will be able to check out the entertainment line-up at WineFest (coming soon)!

6. You will be able to see a listing of activities at WineFest!

7. You will be able to see the listing of Food Vendors serving delicious Maryland Favorites (coming soon) at WineFest!

8. You will be able to see which Maryland Wineries will be serving the BEST Maryland wines at WineFest!


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Become a Sotterley STAR!

Call for Actors
for Ghosts of Sotterley 
Sotterley Holiday Candlelight

Sotterley Plantation is pleased to announce open auditions for this year’s Ghosts of Sotterley - “1918: Influenza, War, and Restless Spirits” and Sotterley Holiday Candlelight - “From This Day Forward.”

Saturday, August 4th    10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Tuesday, August 7th    6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Tuesday, August 21st    6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday, August 25th    10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Ghosts of Sotterley roles available for the following:

3 Females age 10-15
1 Female age 16-20
2 Females age 20-35
1 Female age 45-55
6 Females and age in good physical condition to be tour guides (guide is a speaking part)
3 Males age 12-15
11 Males age 20-35
1 Male age 30-55
2 Males age 30-55 (Non Speaking)
1 Male age 55-65

Important Production Dates:

Tuesday, August 28th - First General Meeting.
Beginning August 30th - Rehearsals scheduled for Tuesdays & Thursdays.
Oct 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27th – Show Dates.

Sotterley Holiday Candlelight roles available for the following:

1 African American Female age 20-30
1 Caucasian Female age 8-12
4 Caucasian Females age 16-22
3 Caucasian Females age 24-34
1 Caucasian Females age 35-45
1 Caucasian Female age 48-58
1 African American Male age 20-25
1 African American Male age 35-45
3 Caucasian Males age 38-48
2 Caucasian Males age 50-65

Important Production Dates:

Last week of October TBA – First General Meeting.
November 3-17, TBA - Rehearsals one week night and one weekend afternoon per week.
November 26, 6-9 p.m. (full cast) - Tech Rehearsal.
November 28, 6-9 p.m. (full cast) - Dress Rehearsal.
November 29, 30 and December 1, 6-9 p.m. - Show Dates.

Also needed: Lighting, and Costume assistance!

For more information, contact: Linda Tucker Jones, Event Manager at: or 301-373-2280.


Thursday, July 12, 2012

Call for WineFest Sponsors and Advertisers!

The Riverside WineFest at Sotterley 2012 will be held on Saturday & Sunday, October 6 & 7th from Noon - 6 p.m. And this is our TENTH YEAR! We are in need of Sponsors and Advertisers - and value your support! For more information, please contact Eileen at 301-373-2280 or Let's make this the best WineFest yet!

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

OPEN AUDITIONS for Ghosts and Candlelight!

Call for Actors, Tech, Make-up
Two Popular Annual Events

Sotterley Plantation is pleased to announce open auditions for two of our annual signature events: Ghosts of Sotterley and Sotterley Holiday Candlelight.

Auditions will be held at the Sotterley Warehouse on:

Saturday, August 4th 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Tuesday, August 7th 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Tuesday, August 21st 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Saturday, August 25th 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Ghosts of Sotterley 2012 entitled, “1918: Influenza, War, and Restless Spirits,” will run on October 19, 20, 25, 26 & 27th from 7:00 – 10:30 p.m. While restoring Sotterley Plantation to its former glory, owner, Herbert Satterlee disturbs more than the bricks and mortar as the country is in the midst of a flu pandemic and the remains of the Great War. This outdoor production takes place on the Sotterley grounds.

This year’s Sotterley Holiday Candlelight entitled, “From This Day Forward” will run on Thursday, November 29th for Members’ Night and November 30 & December 1st for the general public from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. In this living history production set within the 1703 Plantation House, visitors will encounter Sotterley’s past Christmas seasons and the families who lived and worked here. Share love, laughter and sometimes bittersweet memories at home on the plantation.

For more information, please contact: Linda Tucker Jones, Event Manager at: or 301-373-2280.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Final Two Dates for “The Choice – Risking Your Life for Freedom”

The War of 1812 Living History event “The Choice – Risking Your Life for Freedom” debuted at Sotterley in early June, receiving rave reviews from attendees! The second and third showings will be held on Saturdays, July 14th and August 11th at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Groups of visitors are invited into the Drawing Room of the 1703 Plantation House, where the drama unfolds. British war ships have sailed up the Patuxent River; neighboring farms are being torched to the ground. Sotterley owners John Rousby Plater and his wife Elizabeth have cleared out the household furnishings, desperately trying to figure out their next move. Guests will experience another scene in the 1830’s Slave Cabin, where enslaved house servant, Peregrine bolts into the Slave Cabin, trying to convince Elcie to make the run toward freedom. British naval officer, Commodore Brown arrives on the scene, not only promising freedom to the plantation’s 64 enslaved people, but also presenting a severe ultimatum to the Sotterley owners.

Would you risk your life for FREEDOM?
 In FY2011, Sotterley was awarded grants from the Maryland Heritage Area Authority, the Maryland Humanities Council, and the Southern Maryland Heritage Area Consortium to create a living history script from Sotterley’s unique story of the War of 1812, as well as the costuming and props needed for the production. When the script and costuming were completed it was time to begin production, and Old Line Bank stepped forward to generously sponsor the production phase of this project. Due to the support from these three organizations, Sotterley is now able to share a unique story with a perspective rarely told about the War of 1812.

This event is FREE to the public, but space is limited. Advanced reservations can be made by calling the Sotterley office at 301-373-2280. Walk-ins welcome on a first come, first served basis.