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Sotterley Historic Plantation

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Address: 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood, MD 20636
Phone Number: 800-681-0850
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11:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

An 18th-century house that sits on a high bluff with wonderful views of...

An 18th-century house that sits on a high bluff with wonderful views of the Patuxent River.

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Knowledgeable Guide Brought History to Life

Having never heard of this site, it was a treat to learn so much about the history of the area in a way that made it memorable. Whether you only visit the gardens or you take the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 23, 2015
Beverly H
Toms River, New Jersey
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Toms River, New Jersey
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9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Having never heard of this site, it was a treat to learn so much about the history of the area in a way that made it memorable. Whether you only visit the gardens or you take the whole tour, it is time well spent.

Thank Beverly H
Fairfax County, Virginia
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60 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

The only remaining tidal plantation remaining in Maryland, building began in 1703. Very unique property not well known and close to Washington DC, try this instead of Mount Vernon and you may like this more. A must is the onsite guided tour of the home which details the long history of the property. A real slave cabin still exists here,... More 

Thank P A
Baltimore, Maryland
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

My husband and I went on a Tuesday, so we were the only ones on the house tour. We watched a re-enactment video about the British being stationed near Sotterley; what the owners were thinking about, and the decision to join the British by some of the slaves. The mini-movie helped bring the slave cabin (an original structure) to life.... More 

Thank emily338
Lusby, Maryland
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

Well maintained historic mansion with ornate woodwork inside and beautiful gardens outside. I really enjoyed the tour in the mansion and around the grounds.

Thank Richard B
Frederick, Maryland
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16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

My family traces back directly to this historic home. A beautiful example of time long ago on a lovely riverfront setting. I want to learn even more now. Our guide was a friendly young man who was a history major. Wish that I could explore the upstairs areas as well. This is an ancient home and outbuildings, it should always... More 

Thank freshairandsunshine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

I am hesitant to rate Sotterley as excellent, as I'd like to keep the place all to myself, and an excellent rating will draw more visitors! But we spent 3 1/2 hours at Sotterley yesterday, and enjoyed the history, views of the water and the taste of America's colonial past. It was well worth a visit. On arrival, we watched... More 

Thank EC13091
west chester, pa
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36 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

a wagon ride around the grounds provided a good overall history of the plantation with interesting stories of the owners and region from the friendly guide. there are flower as well as vegetable gardens well-tended by volunteers. for those enjoy pleasant hikes on the trails, there is a combination of 6 miles worth of hikes with some offering water views... More 

Thank Anna K
Dameron, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Went here with some visiting family members (although I'd been here several times before). The grounds here are well maintained and our guide was excellent. Toured the slave quarters and the gardens. It was interesting that there are hidden passageways that were used incase pirates were seen coming up the Patuxent River - and to hide the valuables! Also, interesting... More 

Thank Mako13Man
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52 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Not the most user friendly place. Despite only 15 cars in the parking lot (and many were for the farmers market not the tours) we had to wait over two hours for the next house tour since they had a tour group booked. What they do not have more than one guide? So we did the grounds tour with the... More 

Thank hotel-hopper
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116 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

My wife and I stopped in here on a whim, just because we saw the signs on the highway. We decided the grounds were so beautiful that we'd love to take the tour and learn some more about it. We also felt good knowing our admission fees would be helping to support the group running this gem. The audio detour... More 

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