Specialty Tours

Available year-round for groups of 12 or more. Bus tours are welcome! Discounts available and advance arrangements within two weeks of visit required.

Sotterley's trained docents can provide Specialty Tours by advance arrangement. Groups can choose a unique tour that fits their interest from our many offerings. Make the trip extra special by combining a specialty tour with our1703 Manor House Guided Tour!

Some of these tours are offered during the fall/winter season as part of our annual special events.

Behind The Scenes - Backstairs_Upstairs

Go behind the scenes at Sotterley. Become and insider and enter places you won’t see on a regular tour. See the kitchen and travel up the back staircase to view private chambers and undisplayed collections. Learn what it takes to operate and support a museum.

Women of Sotterley

Discover the women of Sotterley. Whether it was the mistress of the house, the farm manager’s wife, the heiress, or the enslaved servants, the women of Sotterley were fascinating people who lived extraordinary lives.

Slavery Resistance 6

Slavery was a part of Sotterley’s history from the turn of the 18th century and lasted for over 160 years. Hear the voices and visit the places where African-Americans lived and labored.


As Sotterley Manor House was being restored in Colonial Revival style in the early 20th century, so too were the gardens. Perennial beds, a cutting garden, herb garden, boxwood, roses and a peony bed thrive under the watchful care of Sotterley’s volunteer Garden Guild.

War of 1812

The story of Sotterley during the War of 1812 is a human story. There were no great skirmishes, naval battles or major monument burnings. The British used an even greater weapon: they offered freedom to slaves. Learn Sotterley’s story and that of Southern Maryland during the war.