About Historic Sotterley

Since it was founded in 1703, Historic Sotterley has embraced its responsibility to interpret all aspects of our shared history. 

We are dedicated to being an exceptional educational and cultural resource, with a full range of formal education programs, as well as events and visitor programs. We have 94 acres with over 20 authentic structures providing a stunning backdrop for our stories. In the tradition of our ancestors, we farm sustainably, and donate most of what we grow to local food pantries. We pay it forward. 


To preserve our 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 an educational and 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. 

Charitable Status

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

Recognition & Awards

  • 2012  Designated a Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Marker’s Project Site 
  • 2017  Maryland Sustainable Growth Award for Preservation & Conservation 
  • 2018  Maryland Preservation Award for Slave Cabin Exhibit dedicated to Agnes Kane Callum 
  • 2019  Designated a UNESCO Site of Memory for the Route of the Enslaved Peoples Project 
  • 2020  Maryland Preservation Award for Excellence in Public Programming for Common Ground 
  • 2023 Southern Maryland recognized as a National Heritage Area 

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