Sotterley Plantation, a National Historic Landmark, has a history dating back to the turn of the 18th century and is one of the oldest museums of its kind in the United States . Many people have called Sotterley home over its 300 year history. Some came to prosper; others worked the land, either for wages or under bondage. Sotterley today consists of almost 100 acres of breathtaking beauty on the Patuxent River that includes over six miles of nature trails, Colonial Revival Gardens, and over 20 historic buildings. The Plantation House had its beginnings in 1703 and has undergone many changes and additions over time. Sotterley’s only surviving original Slave Cabin illustrates the life conditions of many St. Mary’s County people from the early-1800s into the early 20th century.
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