The Sotterley Plantation is a 94-acre historical site in St. Mary’s County, Maryland, overlooking the Pautexent River. The mansion is a 1-1/2-story building, with a wood shingle roof and beaded clapboard siding. Also, on the property is a log slave quarters that was built in the 1830s, along with a 19th– century brick meat house and 18th-century brick warehouse.
The slave quarters has been off limits to visitors for many years except for private viewings, but the Historic Sotterly Inc., the nonprofit that oversees the operation of the plantation, will soon open it up for walk-through tours. The 16 feet by 18 feet structure consists of a single room, but its historical value is priceless.
The slave quarters served as a home for 9 to 20 people, which is about the same number of people that lived in the slaveholders’ mansion that is located only a few yards away.
The cabin will be dedicated to Agnes Kane Callum, the first African-American member of the museum’s board of directors, whose great-grandfather was a slave that lived on the plantation. Callum died in 2015 at the age of 90 and Sotterley Plantation officials think the dedication will honor her life’s work.
The ceremony is set to take place on Friday and an estimated 200 people are expected to be in attendance. Sotterley is about a two-hour drive from Baltimore, but most visitors do not mind, because there is so much to experience before the journey comes to an end.
44300 Sotterley Lane
Hollywood, Maryland 20636
Guided tour season begins May 1 through October 31
Tuesday through Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.