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Historic Sotterley Plantation   44300 Sotterley Lane, P.O. Box 67
 Hollywood, MD 20636


Growing for Good.

Our market season has ended! Thanks to all our wonderful vendors and customers that helped to make this a successful season! See you again in 2019! 

Holiday Farmer’s Market with santa!

sponsored by historic sotterley - December 22

For the first-time-ever, shoppers will be able to purchase fresh food at the Holiday Indoor Farmer’s Market on Saturday, December 22nd from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the St. Mary’s County Airport! See our event page for more details.



The principles behind the current sustainable farming movement are directly tied to farming practices throughout history.  Putting fields back into production at Sotterley that were once fallow is not only good for the economy of the site; it provides teachable and tangible connections between the land and our shared history for visitors.  Modern day implementation employs organic farming methods from the past, using feed and fertilizer from plant and animal materials.  No chemical fertilizers, growth hormones, antibiotics or pesticides are used.

Promoting good health by healthy eating is another teachable point and a mission for Sotterley.  From popular cooking demonstrations using food sold at our Farmer’s Market, to Sotterley’s commitment to donating all excess produce not sold on the stand to local food bank programs, Sotterley connects our Southern Maryland community to a healthier way of living. 

Our Origins.

Sotterley’s farm history originates long ago in the manorial system of early Maryland when James Bowles established a plantation with its basis in tobacco in 1699. Sensing the changing times, Bowles was quick to diversify by adding cereal grains, corn, and livestock.  As the plantation passed from owner-to-owner over a long period of time, the farming traditions remained the same. The farm grew and shrank in size as economics dictated whether the owners sold or bought, from almost 7,000 acres in 1790 and as small as 400 acres for most of the nineteenth century. Historic Sotterley Inc. now consists of 94 acres of farm and woodland.  The last private owner was Herbert Satterlee, and subsequently his daughter, Mabel Satterlee Ingalls. Herbert purchased the property in 1910 but did not reside there; he relied on a farm manager, hired laborers, and tenant farmers.  When Mabel turned Sotterley into a non-profit museum in the 1960s, she intentionally decreased acreage to approximately100 acres to lessen the upkeep. Farming became unimportant to the existence of Sotterley Museum and remained so until very recent times.

Our Market Season Has Ended.


We are now closed for the season. Join us in 2019 for fresh local produce, herbs, flowers, and other goodies, along with presentations and hands-on activities for the whole family!

Farmer's Market Vendors

Farm Vendor

Sotterley is currently accepting applications from quality local vendors for the 2019 season! We feature only locally grown and produced products - vegetables, fruit, honey, eggs, and more. All who are interested in being part of the Sotterley Farmer’s Market please contact Joe Goldsmith at 301-643-5617.

Artisan Vendors

Support local artisans! Our Farmer's Market only hosts the best hand-crafting artisans in the Tri-County area. Visit them next to the Museum Shop to browse through handcrafted birdhouses, home decor, jewelry, homemade cards and more!

Museum Shop

In addition to obtaining literature about the site and/or passes to tour the Plantation House and its grounds, the Museum Shop offers a wonderful selection of books, historical, cookbooks, regional and special interest, books for children, and books written by the lecturers of our Speaker Series. We also offer colonial toys, jewelry, local crafts, garden accents, wine accessories, t-shirts, and more. Our selection reflects the plantation's 300 year old history, its people and the rich cultural diversity of the greater Southern Maryland region.

At Sotterley, sustainability is our past, present and future.
— Joe Goldsmith, Farm and Grounds Manager