Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Real Story of K-129!

Speaker Series #5
“The Taking of K-129”
by Josh Dean
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
7:00 p.m. in the Barn

 In early 1968, a Soviet ballistic missile submarine went missing in a remote area of the Pacific and despite a furious search, the Soviet Navy was unable to locate it. The United States Navy, however, was able to locate the wreck and decided this was an intelligence haul too great to pass up. The job of salvaging the sub was given to the CIA’s burgeoning Directorate of Science and Technology and thus began Project Azorian, a massive five year covert operation that produced one of the greatest feats of engineering in history. Author Josh Dean will discuss the operation, and the incredible cover story developed by the CIA to disguise it. 

Josh Dean is a New York based journalist whose work has appeared in Popular Science, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, GQ, Outside, Fast Company, ESPN the Magazine, and many others. He is a former deputy editor of Men's Journal and was one of the founding editors of PLAY, the New York Times Sports Magazine. He is the author of THE TAKING OF K-129, the incredible true story of the largest and most audacious covert operation in US history, SHOW DOG: The Charmed Life and Trying Times of a Near-Perfect Purebred, an extremely real and yet still unbelievable trip inside the world of dog shows, and THE LIFE AND TIMES OF THE STOPWATCH GANG, about Canada's infamous and prolific 1970s gang of bank robbers.

This Speaker Series event is FREE to the public.
Due to limited seating,
please call 301-373-2280 for reservations.
Thanks to The Boeing Company for supporting the Speaker Series at Sotterley for 11 years running.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018


The party of the summer was just that ... THE PARTY OF THE SUMMER! A big THANK YOU to all who joined us for this fun and fantastic event. We are tremendously grateful to so many organizations, companies, and friends who generously supported the Barn Bash and Craft Beer Tasting event - through monetary contributions, through sharing of talents, through months of planning meetings, and through volunteering at the event.

Y'all made it happen!
Community Bank of the Chesapeake
NSI - The Solutions Company
Old Line Bank
PNC Bank
W.M. Davis, Inc.
Bailey's Party Rentals
The Country Memories Band
Sam Baldwin of Baldwin & Briscoe, P.C.
Bozick Distributors Inc.
Buck Distributing
Guy Distributing Company
Terry Larus
Legends Distributing
Sunny Malhotra of Taphouse 1637 - Bollywood Masala Restaurant
Josh Peeling of The Hole In The Wall Tavern
Sotterley Staff
Community Volunteers
Sotterley Volunteers

Bob Aldridge
Maxine Aldridge
Jane Bachman
Sam Baldwin
Tim Boas
Jan Briscoe
Leslie Burgess
Mike Colina
Jeanne Davis
Nancy Easterling
Towanda Ganges
Walt Gardiner
Deidra Guy
Mike Guy
Sarah Houde
Katherine Humphries
Kim Husick
Chris Jeys
Bert Johnston
Beverly Johnston
Joyce Knott
Terry Laurus
Eve Love
Sunny Malhorta
Daphne McQuire
Keith McQuire
Eileen Miller
Ashley Morgan & Aunt Deb
Ginger Newman-Askew
Josh Peeling
Jeanne Pirtle
Janet Rowland
Tom Russell
Jane Sanders
Scott Sanders
Stacey Svendgard
Kristen YinglinG

Fall Homeschool Day!

Homeschool Day
“Become a Tidewater Naturalist!”
Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Explore what it was like to grow up on a Tidewater Plantation during an era gone by at Historic Sotterley on Wednesday, September 12, 2018. This program will offer four unique learning opportunities at various locations on site:

10:00 am to 1:00 pm – Come and go, St. Mary’s County History Day Informational Workshop!  Find out what it takes for 5th-12th graders to participate! Meet us in the Warehouse!

10:30 & 1:30 - An Olde Tyme Lesson on Horticulture!  Join us at our one-room schoolhouse for a lesson on native plants and animals of the Tidewater. (Meet at the South Gatehouse)

10:30 & 1:30 - Painting with Nature! Take a walk down to the creek as you gather natural paintbrushes to create your own unique artwork.  (Meet at the Warehouse)

12:00 & 3:00 - Meet the Three Sisters!  Visit the Slave Cabin garden to learn more about these “sisters” and how they helped people survive. (Meet at the Slave Cabin)

12:00 & 3:00 - Bees Please! Walk through the main gardens of Sotterley and discover and examine important pollinators that fly or crawl and why these insects are important members of our eco-community.

3:00  - Kid friendly 1703 Manor House tour! Sign up at the Visitor Center, limit 20 persons. 

$5.00 per person. Children under age 6 FREE.
Purchase tickets at our Visitor Center.
Sotterley Members FREE.
No reservations necessary. Rain or shine event.

See you at Sotterley! 

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Scout Day & Solar Observation!

Scout Day & Solar Observation
at the Farmer’s Market!
Saturday, September 1st, 2018
8:00 a.m. - noon

Come and be wow-ed by the creativity, hard-work, and talent of some local Scouts, who completed impressive projects to benefit Historic Sotterley! All are welcome to hear the presentations about the construction of bat houses, the re-working of our trail maps, and the environmental benefits of nature projects on Saturday, September 1st, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to noon at our Farmer’s Market.

For all Scouts dressed in uniform,
we have a special “Thank You”: 
FREE Grounds Tours
Half-price Manor House Tours ($3 per person).

Our friends from the Southern Maryland Astronomical Society (SMAS) will also be in attendance with their solar observation equipment. Come and check out the daytime sky safely (no burned retinas from looking directly at the sun)!

See you at Sotterley!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Collections in Full View!

Insider’s Tour:
“And All That Stuff!”
Saturday, September 8th, 2018
Tours: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Join us for an insider’s tour about the latest researched stories behind Historic Sotterley’s collections - from tea sets and portraits to trinkets and potties - in the Sotterley manor house. $20 per person. 18 persons per tour limit.

Tour lasts approx 90 minutes and stair climbing required.  Meet at the Visitor Center at least 10 minutes before tour time. 
CLICK HERE to purchase tickets!

Sports! Drinking! Gambling! Theater!

"They Will Have Their Game"
Kenneth Cohen
Wednesday, August 22nd at 7pm
Explore how sports, drinking, gambling, and theater produced a sense of democracy while also reinforcing racial, gender, and class divisions in early America.
Kenneth Cohen is Edward and Helen Hintz Secretarial Scholar and Curator of American Culture at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. He has published and spoken widely about the political messages embedded in various forms of American entertainment, from the colonial period to today. His scholarly work has received recognition from the North American Society for Sport History and National Affairs magazine, and he has been a contributor to the The Washington Post, Slate, NPR, and C-SPAN.
Cohen received his B.A. in History and Communications from Allegheny College, his M.A. from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, and his Ph.D. in History from the University of Delaware. Before joining the Smithsonian in 2017, he worked for the National Park Service and from 2008-2015 was Assistant and then Associate Professor of History and Coordinator of the Museum Studies Program at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. While at St. Mary’s, he worked with Sotterley Plantation on its then-new interpretive plan in 2010 and 2011, and later worked with Calvert Marine Museum on its new aquarium. His current projects include a major exhibit about the history of entertainment in America, and a book on the evolution of fame.
FREE EVENT ~ please call 301-373-2280
to reserve your seat. 
for supporting the Speaker Series at Sotterley
for the past 11 years.

Our Fine, Feathered Friends!

“Birding the Fields and Trails
of Historic Sotterley”
Sunday, September 23, 2018
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Experience the beauty of fall on a birding excursion on Historic Sotterley’s scenic and historic Patuxent River property. Bald Eagles, migrant songbirds, lingering meadowlarks, sparrows and waterfowl can be found on Sotterley’s extensive trail system and natural habitats. There is no charge for this event, although donations are always appreciated.

Directions: From Rt. 235, go north on Sotterley Road, turn right through gates to the Historic Sotterley. Proceed to the right to the Visitors’ Center parking lot. Please RSVP by the 22nd to David at or 240-278-4473.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Let's Talk Potatoes!

Paying it Forward
with Growing for Good!
August 18, 19, 25, 26 and September 1, 2
8:00am – 12:00pm
On March 17th our generous community stepped forward to help us plant over five acres of potatoes which Sotterley earmarked for donation to our local food banks and food pantries. After testing our fields (in between rain storms!) the time has come to harvest! Everyone willing to volunteer will be helping us “Pay it Forward”, directly supporting families in need in our community.
From our fields
to our Community –
but there are miles and miles
(and more miles)
of potatoes and many hands
are needed! 
Please CLICK HERE to sign up in advance so we can know how many volunteers to expect each day and plan to meet at our Farmer’s Market. Note: We recommend hats, gloves, and shoes and clothes you are not afraid to get dirty!
Growing for Good
Growing Together!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

We've Gone to the Dogs!

“Dog Days of Summer”
at the
Farmer’s Market!
Saturday, August 4th, 2018
8 a.m. - noon
THIS SATURDAY, grab the leash, load your dog into the car, and head over to Sotterley Farmer's Market for a morning of fun and adventure! Meet dog training experts, learn about the latest in keeping your dog healthy, buy presents for your pet, and meet pets who need good homes. We are delighted to introduce our friends from the Animal Relief Fund (ARF), TNT K-9 Trailing, PetValu, and Wag N' Wash! And don't let the rain keep you away - we have plenty of covered spaces. Shop at our Farmer's Market, too! Even if you're not a Sotterley member, we welcome you to walk the trails with your pet for FREE during the event!