Thursday, April 10, 2014

Nature Lovers ~ Join Us!

Eagles, Earth Day and Sotterley! 
Saturday, April 19, 2014 
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Hollywood, MD - In conjunction with the Southern Maryland Audubon Society, Sotterley Plantation invites you to attend a bird-filled exploration of this scenic National Historic Landmark on the Patuxent River. Beginners are welcome! Usher in your Earth Day week with a bird-filled exploration on this scenic and historic property. Nesting Bald Eagles, meadowlarks, woodpeckers and waterfowl can be found on Sotterley’s extensive new trail system and habitats. There is no charge for this event, although donations are always appreciated!
Your leaders for the event are Michael Patterson and David Moulton. While not required, reservations are appreciated. If you have a question or would like to make a reservation, contact David at 240-278-4473.

Monday, April 7, 2014

NEW DATE! Continuing Our Farming Tradition!

Our Farmers Need More Growing Time!
~ The Sotterley Farmer’s Market ~

Sotterley has always had strong ties to our Southern Maryland farming community, having been a working farm during all of its 300 year existence. This year we will further strengthen these ties as we proudly announce the unveiling of the Sotterley Farmer’s Market – a producer only farmer’s market! Every Saturday between 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. running from May 24 through September 27, 2014, the public is invited to the Sotterley Plantation grounds to shop local.

After buying wonderful local produce we have, 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! And also new for 2014, your furry friends are welcome on our nature trails (on a leash, please)!

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

~ MAY 24th ~ September 27th, 2014 ~

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Author Alan Taylor to Participate in Speaker Series

Alan Taylor, Ph.D.
“The Civil War of 1812: Canada and the Chesapeake”
Wednesday, May 7  |  7:00 p.m. in the Barn

To call the War of 1812 a "civil war," now seems jarring because hindsight has distorted our perspective on the past. Given the later power and prosperity of the United States, we underestimate the fluid uncertainty of the post-revolutionary generation, when the new republic was so precarious and so embattled. We also imagine that the revolution affected a clean break between Americans and Britons as distinct peoples. In fact, the republic and the empire competed for the allegiance of the peoples in North America:    native, settler, and immigrant. Americans and Britons spoke the same language and conducted more trade with one another than with other nations, but their overlapping migrations and commerce generated the frictions of competition. The civil war proved fiercest in Upper Canada, where most of the settlers were newcomers from the United States. But partisan and racial divisions rendered the Chesapeake another theater of competition for local support by the British raiders and the American defenders. 
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.
This event is FREE to the public.
Advance reservations are required due to limited seating.
Call 301-373-2280 to make your reservation.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Springtime Plants at Sotterley!

We invite you to revel
in the wonders of springtime!
The nurturing volunteers of the Sotterley Garden Guild have raised thousands of dollars in support of Sotterley Plantation and are also responsible for the maintenance of the exquisite Colonial Revival Garden. Their annual Plant Sale and Free Plant Exchange has grown in popularity year after year, so make sure you mark your calendar and join us! And don't forget to visit our gardens again and again to see the horticultural artistry of our amazing volunteers!
And if you would like to join the Sotterley Garden Guild, please contact Stacey Svendgard, Volunteer Coordinator at or 301-373-2280.
See you at Sotterley!

You Can Make a Difference at Sotterley!

If you have been considering ways to be of service in the community, then look no further ~ Sotterley needs you! Volunteer opportunities at Sotterley are plentiful, as we welcome anyone interested in helping out! Our most critical seasonal needs are:
• Museum Shop / Visitor Center
• Interpreter
• Garden Guild
As a Museum Shop volunteer, yours is the first face visitors will see when they come to Sotterley Plantation. You will have the opportunity to sell our delightful wares and handle tour admissions, while making our visitors feel welcome. Interpreters will lead guided tours from room to room in the historic Plantation House and tell the rich story of our over 300 year old history to guests. Garden Guild volunteers help to maintain the magnificent Colonial Revival Garden, to the delight of visitors throughout the blooming months.

To help us to bridge the gap between the past, the present, and the future, please contact Stacey Svendgard, Volunteer Coordinator at the Sotterley office: (301)373-2280 or via email:
See you at Sotterley!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Exquisitely EXCEPTIONAL!

Yesterday's Exceptional Wine Pairings event was exquisitely exceptional, thanks to Rob Plant of Blue Wind Gourmet for hosting this event for the second time! This intimate gathering of Sotterley friends enjoyed creative hors d'oeuvres such as Crab & Corn Chowder, Rockfish Bruschetta, Steak & Caramelized Onion Bruschetta, and handcrafted chocolate items paired with wine selections from all over the world in our 1703 Plantation House. Everyone who attended was delighted with the varied pairings and fine companionship. Rob Plant, thank you for your generosity, attention to detail, and for being a great supporter of Sotterley!

Thanks also to our wonderful volunteers who helped to make this event extra special
for all of the guests:

Jennie Culpepper
Robert de Vos
Chris Jeys
(who also provided these photos)
Karen Lowry

To our guests who purchased tickets for this event ~ thank you! Your support of the Exceptional Wine Pairings event directly supports our educational programming and it is always a delight to welcome friends ~ old and new ~ to Sotterley. It is always wonderful to bring life into the Plantation House and use it as it was used for many years!

'Til next time!

Friday, March 21, 2014

An Event to Support Education at Sotterley!

We can't say enough about Rob Plant of Blue Wind Gourmet! In addition to being well-known for his creativity in the kitchen and his talent for being a true wine connoisseur, he is also great friend of Sotterley. Because of his generous donation of wine and hors d'oeuvres for our upcoming Exceptional Wine Pairing event for Sotterley Plantation, the proceeds will directly support our educational programming, helping us to continue our mission as an educational, cultural, and community resource.

Since the Exceptional Wine Pairing at Sotterley is to take place inside of our 1703 Plantation House, this event is limited to 50 persons. Advance reservations are required. Please purchase tickets here.
Hope to see you at Sotterley!