Travel reviews by
Sotterley Historic Plantation
Based on 18 traveler reviews
Feb 12, 2014 by: Gary G from Great Mills, Maryland, United States
It is an old plantation in Southern Maryland. The public tour was nice, grounds are beautiful and well kept. Even has an old slave quarters showing the disparity between them and the owners. That part was informative but sad.
RIP of Wine Fest
Oct 08, 2013 by: LongsPeak2121 from Lexington Park, Maryland
Well you missed NOTHING by not going to the Sotterley Wine fest. Grossly overpriced. 25 dollars PER person to get in. ($20.00 in advance) That got you a glass and a FEW, very few, tastings. Why, you ask, so few tasting with so many wineries? Well all the "premium wines" cost a dollar to taste. I guess Maryland has a law that wine sellers have to charge for a tasting of wine that costs over 20.00 a bottle. So of course most of the wines we tasted were like drinking something you would wash out your paint brushes with. The venue itself sucked...they cut down all the ancient trees that surrounded the old plantation because they were "afraid" after the storm Sandy that they would fall on the house. WTF?? Those trees have been there for 2 hundred years. So no shade, it was HOT and miserable. THEN to add insult to injury, you had to pay to PARK, and the food vendors were not selling water, one had to walk across a sweltering football sized field to get that! I will NEVER attend this event again.
Aug 25, 2013 by: RandomCustomer20650 from Leonardtown, Maryland
This is an amazing place to visit. The special events are amazing and fun for the whole family. The tours really take you back to another time and allow you to see how people used to live. Weddings are beautiful... Really cant say enough about this place!
Blast from the Past
Aug 14, 2013 by: Hey_Joe54 from Solomons, Maryland, United States
Always something going on at historical Sotterly! From wine tasting to reenactments of time past! Easy to go to and plenty of parking. Don't miss it!
Immaculate Gardens, Great Mix of Education & Relaxation
Aug 01, 2013 by: muse_clio from Southern MD
Sotterley, the only Tidewater Plantation which remains open to the public in Maryland, is located in Northern St. Mary's County, MD, about an hour due south of DC and an hour southwest of Annapolis. As a resident of St. Mary's County, I bring visiting history-buff friends and family to Sotterley to enjoy the indoor docent-guided 60-minute standard house tour, specialty tours such as the “life-of-a-woman” and “life-of-a-slave,” self-guided outdoor tours, and the gardens. The docents seem to have a special way of finding a way to weave the interests of their guests into their tour stories, so I learn something new—about the building of the house, slave life on a plantation, how the current gardens were started, what women’s lives were like in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries-- each time I visit. Sotterley's Colonial Revival garden is meticulously designed and maintained by volunteer members (many are Maryland Master Gardeners). Flowerbeds are especially lovely in May and June (peony beds are gorgeous, and check out the companion plantings), but the fall beds also offer some great gardening design ideas. Because of its rural location, river front site, and the plentiful presence of flowers and food, Sotterley sports an amazing array of birds and butterflies. Be sure to bring binocs if birding is your thing. I’ve seen people sitting, open-jawed, in the gardens, their binoculars and books ignored in their laps while they watch the birds. Consider a picnic lunch on the grounds—and if you forget food and drinks, the gift shop offers drinks and snacks. I’ve watched young families picnicking on blankets, their small kids playing hide and seek or tag in the field in front of the turkey barn, and then later seen those same kids being carried, sound asleep, to the family car. Don’t fear summer heat when visiting Sotterley. Thanks to its location on the banks of the Patuxent, the Plantation usually benefits from a river breeze. Your walks through the grounds will include both sunny and shady areas, so wear a broad brimmed hat if the sun bothers you. Also, wear sturdy shoes for your visit: the terrain of this rural plantation setting can be rough (probably why wheelchairs and walkers are prohibited). Special events include May plant sale/exchange, Christmas tours, Ghost Tours, Wine Tasting Event, lots of others! Visited May 2013
Read more reviews on the TripAdvisor page for this attraction.