Immerse yourself in America's history and culture.

AS OF MAY 16, 2024 - For purchases of tours and merchandise at our Visitor Center we are now going CASHLESS.  We will, however, gratefully accept your payment through credit cards and debit cards.  We look forward to serving you!

There’s so much to see and do at Historic Sotterley that you can spend a whole day here.  


Purchase a Grounds Pass ($5 and FREE for kids under 6) at the visitor center or online and explore this historic site.   

Your Grounds Pass provides access to: 

  • Free Parking onsite
  • Historic Manor House, Slave Dwelling, and Historic Corridor
  • Exhibits
  • Colonial Revival Garden
  • Museum Shop
  • Farm
  • Nature Trails
  • Sotterley Wharf
  • And more!
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Hours of Operation

Grounds and Gardens

Monday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm

Sunday 11:30 am - 4 pm

Visitor Center

Thursday - Saturday 10 am - 4 pm

Sunday 11:30 am - 4 pm

Guided Tours

Thursday - Saturday

10:30 am , 11:30 am, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm


Noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm


Monday - Friday 9 am - 5 pm

Site Closed

New Year's Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day

Guided Tours

General Guided Tours allow visitors to discover an intimate perspective and the material culture of past residents over three centuries of American history of those that owned, lived and worked in the house, enslaved or free. The tour is on the ground floor of the Manor House and is approximately 45 – 60 minutes in length. 


$ 10


$ 9

Youth (6-18)

$ 6

Children (Under 6)


The 18th Century Manor House doorways may not accommodate all wheelchairs or walkers in some rooms of the house. Please call in advance for full access details.  

Printed tours (English or Spanish) and audio tours (English) are available upon request. 

Discounts are given for Blue Star Museums, National Trust for Historic Preservation, AAA members, Museums for all Members and Military.

Members visit for free.

Members benefit from an annual pass to the grounds and guided tours all year long!

Group Visits

Group tours are available year-round for 12 or more with advanced reservations. Upon arrival, your party will be greeted by Historic Sotterley staff. Groups over twenty may be divided for the tour to ensure that everyone can experience all that Historic Sotterley has to offer in a relaxed and intimate setting. 


At Historic Sotterley, the touch is personal, no matter the size of your group! You may also choose by advance arrangement to add one of Historic Sotterley’s unique Specialty Tours. 


Bus tours are welcome and Group Discounts are available. 


Need information on planning and scheduling a group visit? Contact our office manager, Kim Husick, at

Take a Virtual Tour

If you're unable to make it to one of our guided tours, you can now enjoy a virtual tour of Historic Sotterley with Clio! Clio is a website and app (available on iPhone and Android) that will guide you through 8 fascinating stops on the Historic Sotterley grounds and give you some of our history. You can take this tour from home or let it guide you while you're visiting! 


You can access the virtual tour here, or download the Clio app and search "Historic Sotterley" to find it. 


Historic Sotterley is a nonprofit and new features like this are only possible with donors that believe in our mission. Please consider making a donation to support Sotterley after trying our new virtual tour! 

Leave No Trace

Historic Sotterley is a Leave No Trace site so please take trash with you to minimize your impact on our historic and natural spaces.



We understand that Sotterley is a beautiful site for photos and are happy to have you visit. If you would like to take advantage of our scenic views, please visit during our normal operating hours and pay our Grounds Fee for yourself and anyone else in your party. If you would like to take photos outside of our normal hours of operation, however, arrangements must be made at least a week in advance for Monday through Friday only, and there will be special after-hour fees. Please contact Kim Husick for more information: or 301-373-2280, ext. 1105.


Please note that we will not allow photography sessions inside our exhibits.