Monday, April 27, 2015

May 2015 Happenings at Sotterley!

 Coming up on May 3rd, Sotterley will be one of the stops on the 
Maryland House & Garden Tour!  
For more information and to purchase tickets, please click here.

Make Mother’s Day Memorable

In honor of Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 10, 2015, all mothers will receive the Guided Tour of the 1703 Plantation House at Sotterley Plantation for HALF PRICE on their special day!

From noon to 4 p.m., we welcome you and your mother to stroll the blooming Colonial Revival Gardens, walk the plantation grounds and nature trails, see the historic outbuildings including our original 1830’s Slave Cabin, or picnic out on the lawn while enjoying the breathtaking views of the Patuxent River. Top off the day with buying a memorable gift at the Sotterley Museum Shop, located in the Visitor Center. It will be a day she will never forget!

For more information on upcoming Sotterley Plantation events, please visit our website at  

 Speaker Series Event #2:
"Close to the Vest and Under the Skirt" 
Karen Jessee & Thomas William Tear
Sunday, May 17  |  3:00 p.m. in the Barn

The Close to the Vest and Under the Skirt tour of the Civil War is based on Karen Jessee’s Under the Skirt Tour of the Civil War. The program connects women and history with the clothing that tells their story, noted author and re-enactor Thomas William Tear and Karen Jessee bring to life the fashions of the wealthy classes of the mid-1800s.

Thomas Tear is an award-winning writer and author from New Castle, Delaware.  His historic fiction novel, Memoirs of a   Confederate Gentleman, was honored by the Delaware Press Association in 2012. An avid collector of cameos, Victorian hair work jewelry, mourning jewelry and period textiles, Mr. Tear has been involved with the re-enactment community for 10 years. His programs are in high demand with historical societies, schools, women’s clubs and church groups. 

Karen Jessee, from Wilmington, Delaware, is the winner of the NBC National Teacher Award. She is also known for her work with masks and makeup in local theatres and opera. Today,        Ms. Jessee is a professional organizer, writer, and guest speaker on both organizing and women’s historical clothing. Ms. Jessee is also the winner of numerous writing awards from the Delaware Press Association and The National Association of Press Women.

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 to preserve, research, and interpret Sotterley Plantation’s diverse cultures and environments and to serve the world as an educational, cultural, and community resource.


~ The Sotterley Farmer's Market to Begin! ~ 
For the second year running, we further strengthen our strong ties to the Southern Maryland farm community and continue our over 300 year farming tradition as we open up the Sotterley Farmer’s Market – a producer only farmer’s market – on Saturday, May 23, 2015! Every Saturday running from May 23 through September 26 between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., the public is invited to the Historic Sotterley Plantation grounds to shop local. Purchase the best quality home-grown vegetables, fruit, and plants, as well as unique, hand-crafted items.

After buying wonderful local produce, we hope our guests will also stay in order to take advantage of our site’s beauty, nature trails, and history. Visitors need only to check in at the Visitor Center, then they can enjoy themselves hiking and touring the site – and remember that Sotterley members get in free! Leashed dogs are welcome on our nature trails.

Sotterley is still currently accepting applications from quality local vendors interested in featuring only locally grown and produced products - vegetables, fruit, honey, eggs, and more. All who are interested in being part of the Sotterley Farmer’s Market please contact Joe Goldsmith at 301-643-5617.

Coming Up in June! 

Speaker Series #3: Jennifer Pharr Davis
“The Extra Mile: Exploring the Limits of Endurance”
 June 3 
"The Road to Morocco!" Gala in the Garden 
Please CLICK HERE to purchase tickets by June 6th!

Father's Day at Sotterley!
June 21st from Noon- 4 p.m.

Junior Docent Academy
 June 22 & 23 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Ages 8 - 18. 
Registration Form is available online:

 See you at Sotterley!