Historic Sotterley Plantation 44300 Sotterley Lane, P.O. Box 67
Hollywood, MD 20657
2017 Farmer's Market!
May 27th through November 1st
Saturdays, 8am through 1pm.
Fridays, 4pm through 7pm.
Directions: When entering the grounds, go right at the four-way. Park by the Visitor's Center.
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.
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.
At Sotterley, we care about health - both for our guests and our environment. To provide some refuge for local wildlife, we have begun to install a Wetland Retention Pond. These man-made wetlands are designed to flood with shallow water from October to March in order to provide a safe wildlife area for waterfowl. During the summer, it will be partially drained to provide a healthy habitat for other animals in the Southern Maryland area.
Farmer's Market Vendors
Sotterley is still currently accepting applications from quality local vendors interested in featuring 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.
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!
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.