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“Great place for a picnic and get a taste of MD history”

Sotterley Historic Plantation
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Owner description: An 18th-century house that sits on a high bluff with wonderful views of the Patuxent River.
Reviewed August 9, 2011

Sotterley Plantation is a serene and lovely property to visit for the day. You can buy a very cheap walking pass and spend the day walking the trails, viewing the plantation house outbuildings and gardens and picnicking on the grounds. Or you can pay a couple dollars more and add a guided tour of the inside of the house. There is a gift shop,an original slave cabin and eagles nests along with a lot of other sights. Combine a visit to Sotterley with a visit to Greenwell State Park which is located just down the road on Steer Horn neck Road. Its also a nice place to walk and has an historic house, stables and a walking trail.

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Reviewed August 18, 2010

I have been to Sotterley dozens as times as both a guest and a volunteer. The house is gorgeous and the grounds immaculate thanks to the Garden Guild (they work hard). The plantation has daily house tours and self-guided grounds tours. It also has plenty of events, such as brass concerts, a winefest, ghost tours, and a charming Christmas event (I go every year). I recommend the full house tour - they will tell you stories of past owners, and show you great overlooked secrets, like the the name "Key" that is etched into a drawing room window; it is said the Governor's daughter wanted to test her new engagement ring from Philip Key (uncle of Francis Scott Key); and the beautiful staircase that drew the attention of George Washington himself, and earned the slave who built it his freedom

The house was originally built in 1703, but has been expanded numerous times (8 times, I believe). It has one of very few original slave cabins standing, and the Rolling Road that goes to the river has it's own bit of history. If you go during the spring, try some of the blackberries growing along the road - they're delish!

British troops raided Sotterley. Union soldiers camped nearby. There is even a trapdoor in the Red Room leading from an upstairs bedroom (sorry, you can't go upstairs). The area is steeped in history, and, if you're lucky, you may experience a ghost or two! It is known by many to be haunted as lights turn on, inkwells levitate, and apparitions join in on tours. Be sure to walk the grounds and see the many buildings that once supported a great plantation, and don't forget to stop by the gift shop!

P.S. Ask about the romantic courtship of George Plater III and Elizabeth Rousby (her beauty coined her legacy, "The White Rose of Maryland")

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