Historic Sotterley Plantation located in Southern Maryland about 60 miles south of Washington DC

Historic Sotterley, Inc. is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), public charity organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law.

Volunteers - An Invaluable Asset to Sotterley Plantation

Sotterley Plantation is very fortunate to have a wonderful group of volunteers working with us to preserve the past and protect the future of our beautiful National Historic Landmark. All of our volunteers are invaluable as they selflessly donate their time and talents to benefit a variety of different tasks and special events. Their support makes it possible for us to continue as a public education resource and cultural venue for our community for many generations to come.

Approximately 250 Sotterley volunteers put in excess of 15,000 hours each year. Every volunteer opportunity we offer is based on furthering our mission. Apply now to become a Sotterley volunteer and come make history with us! We would love to have you join our family.

Historic Sotterley Plantation needs you! Our volunteer opportunities are plentiful and we welcome anyone interested in helping out! While there are so many ways you can help, our most critical seasonal needs are:
Museum Shop/Visitor Center,  Docent &  Garden Guild.

To volunteer, fill out the application below and submit it to us.  We'll contact you soon! 

Volunteer Opportunities:

Garden Guild: Garden Guild volunteers help to maintain the magnificent Colonial Revival Garden, to the delight of visitors throughout the blooming months.  Volunteers are needed to perform a variety of gardening tasks, participate in annual plant sale, help craft items for purchase at various events, or help with administrative duties. No experience necessary; on-site training provided.
Tell me more about volunteering with the Garden Guild!
Sign me up NOW!*

Museum Docent: Sotterley Docents will lead guided tours from room to room in the historic Plantation House and tell the rich story of our 300+ year old history to guests. Training provided by Education Director.
I'd like to know more about serving as a Museum Docent!
Sign me up NOW!*

Jr. Docent: Help to greet and educate visitors on all aspects of life during the history of Sotterley Plantation, escort visitors to meet their Docent for house tours. Training provided by Education Director.
Tell me more about volunteering as a Junior Docent!
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Visitor Center & Museum Shop: 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.

Admission transactions and all areas of Museum Shop sales. Must courteously greet visitors and be comfortable operating a cash register. Training provided by Museum Shop Manager.
Tell me more about helping at the Museum Shop or Visitor's Center!
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Office Assistance: Answer phones with a professional voice, greet office visitors, fulfill information requests, prepare bulk mailings, and other duties as needed.
I'd like to know more about volunteering as an Office Assistant!
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Special Events: Volunteers assist with annual Sotterley events by helping sell event tickets, provide event information and directions, manage concessions, act as runners, direct parking and help with maintenance. A variety of duties are available depending on the activity of each event.
How can I help out at Sotterley's Special Events?
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Audio Tour Guide: Needed on Fridays only, May 1st through October 31st to welcome visitors into the house and help monitor their tour. Audio tour guides are not required to learn the docent's guided tour, but should have some basic knowledge of the history of our site. Training provided by Education Director or Membership/Volunteer Coordinator.
I'd like to know more about becoming an Audio Tour Guide!
Sign me up NOW!*

Volunteers Needed: Garden Guild

Volunteers Needed: Museum Docent

Volunteers Needed: Junior Docent

Volunteers Needed: Visitor Center & Museum Shop

Volunteers Needed: Office Assistant

Volunteers Needed: Special Events

Volunteers Needed: Audio Tour Guide

Volunteer Application:

Downloadable Form - Print and Mail (pdf)



Buy Tickets for Special Events - Historic Sotterley Plantation

Tickets for our special events become available approximately 45 days before the date of the event thru Ticket Derby.





To preserve Sotterley Plantation's historic structures and natural environment and use the powerful stories of our land, lives, and labor to bring American history to life while serving as a cultural resource.  


To foster a better understanding of our world today by providing a living link to America's complex history and legacy of slavery.


  Hours of Operation
Tickets and Admission
Tour Information
  •  Plantation House Guided Tours
  •  Self-Guided Tours
  •  Audio Tours
  •  General Visiting Information
Group/Specialty Tours
Colonial Revival Gardens
Land, Lives and Labor Exhibit
Things to Do
  •  Nature Trails
  •  Bird Watching
  •  Family Fun
  •  Exhibits
  •  Museum Shop
Visitor's Map of Sotterley
Photo Gallery
  Become a Member
The Sotterley Society
Ways to Give
CFC #13401
Corporate Circle Membership
Job Opportunities
Visit St. Mary's
  Wedding/Reception Venue
Corporate Events
Private Parties
Family Reunions
Photo Gallery
Calendar of Site Availability
  Field Trips
Field Trip Calendar
Book a Sotterley Field Trip
Day Care Outings
Homeschool Groups
Junior Docent Academy
Spring Break at Sotterley
  About Sotterley Plantation
Farmer's Market at Sotterley
Grounds Use Policies
Misc Sotterley Forms
Stay Connected
Site Map
  Preservation Needs
  •  Past and Future Efforts
  •  Adopt a Project
  •  Building Maintenance
  •  Grounds Maintenance
  •  Adopt-A-Tree/Landscape Fund
  •  Conservation & Preservation
  •  Research
  •  Adopt a Collections Piece
Preserving Our Stories
  •  Research
  •  Oral History
  •  Video Library
  •  Middle Passage Project
  •  Genealogy
  1699 - 1775
1776 - 1822
1823 - 1909
1910 - 1961
  •  Colonial Period
  •  Federal 
  •  19th Century - Part 1 
  •  19th Century - Part 2
  •  20th Century
Sotterley Today
  Ticket Sales
Plan Your Event
Photo Gallery
  Barn Bash
The Holidays at Sotterley
Farmer's Market
Gala in the Garden
Ghosts of Sotterley

Homeschool Days
Plant Sale & Free Plant Exchange
Riverside WineFest at Sotterley
Butterfly Fridays
Speaker Series
Spring Break at Sotterley

Sotterley Plantation is proud to be a Distinctive Destination of the National Trust for Historic Preservation

All National Trust members receive 10% off admission when visiting Sotterley Plantation.

Historic Sotterley Plantation    44300 Sotterley Lane (PO Box 67)    St. Mary’s County    Hollywood, Maryland 20636    officemanager@Sotterley.org    301-373-2280

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