Thursday, May 21, 2015

2015 Sotterley Barn Bash!

Looking for a fun family-friendly night out with live music and dancing? “The Country Memories Band” will be at Sotterley on Friday, August 21, 2015, delighting you and yours with traditional country favorites and golden oldies and getting y’all out on the dance floor! This Southern Maryland band has earned a strong following over the past 16 years; once you hear them, you will become part of the following.

Did you know?
Sotterley’s very own Joe Goldsmith is one of the band members!

So come on down Sotterley Lane and let your hair down with family and friends, as you enjoy songs made famous by Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty, Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynne and many other country legends.

5:00 p.m. gates open  |  6:00 p.m. music begins
Admission: $15.00 per person at the gate.
Food, beer, and wine for purchase.

Something Special for Dear Old Dad!

Fathers will receive the Guided Tour of the 1703 Plantation House at Historic Sotterley Plantation for HALF PRICE on Father’s Day on Sunday, June 21, 2015 from noon to 4:00 p.m.

We welcome you and your father to stroll the exquisite blooming 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 Museum Shop, located in our Visitor Center. It will be a day he will never forget!

For further information on planning your visit, please visit

Shopping, Learning, Strolling & Hiking!

Delicious veggies, grow-at-home herb plants, fresh-cut flowers, outdoor furnishings, birdhouses, floral hanging baskets, and so much more! With the opening of the Sotterley Farmer’s Market on May 23rd, we are delighted to see some of our ‘regulars’ from last year and to welcome so many first-timers! Now in its second year, our producer only Farmer’s Market is open for business every Saturday through September 26th from 8:00 a.m. – Noon, rain or shine. In addition to what we grow here at Sotterley, we also feature the best homegrown and handcrafted items from our Southern Maryland community.

Keep your shopping momentum going at our newly redesigned Museum Shop inside the Visitor Center, where we have a terrific selection of gift items. Thinking about extending your stay? Great! Check in, take a seat to view our introductory video, sign up for a guided house tour and/or a self-guided audio tour, and stroll among the blooms in our Colonial Revival Gardens. If you’re up for something a little more physically challenging, enjoy our over six miles of hiking trails – along with your best furry friend (on a leash, please). Sotterley members ~ this is all FREE for you! Not a member? Not a problem! You can easily join the Sotterley family by registering at the Visitor Center or visiting:

News from the Education Corner!

New in 2015!  Sotterley’s Plantation House tours are even more interactive and visitor-centered than ever before!  Our house now provides more access without ropes or other barriers, plus hands-on items, providing a more authentic experience. For the first time, guests are invited to take flash free photographs inside of the Plantation House. It was once a home, after all!

Hands-On History!  We are offering three education programs exclusively for Sotterley members.  Limited to 12 people, each program gives a different insider experience to an important aspect of our history and material culture.  For this Members Only event, the cost is $20 dollars per person, recommended for ages 16 and older. Please call the office at 301-373-2280 to register for one, two, or all of the following Hands-On History events: “Lost Treasures” on Sunday, May 31st at 3:00 p.m.; “Chinese Influence in the 18th and 20th Centuries” on Sunday, June 28th at 3 p.m.; “Secrets of Sotterley” on Sunday, Sept 20th at 3 p.m. Not a member? Not a problem! CLICK HERE to become part of the Sotterley family!

Our first Homeschool Day “Tidewater Plantation Life” was held on April 21 and was a tremendous success! We hosted 150 students and parents, who were able to learn and enjoy Sotterley on what turned out to be a lovely day.  The next Homeschool Day is scheduled for  September 15th and will feature Sotterley’s "Slavery to Freedom" program.

Admission: $5.00 per person. 
Children under age 5 FREE. One adult per family FREE. 
Minimum Charge $5.00 per family
Purchase tickets at our Visitor Center. No reservations necessary. Rain or shine event.

As always, Sotterley supports students and teachers with school field trips from St. Mary’s, Calvert, Charles, Prince George's, and Anne Arundel counties in Maryland.