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This collection highlights the history of Sotterly Plantation in St. Mary's County, Maryland.

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Historic Sotterly PlantationCollection Location: Sotterly Plantation and St. Mary's College of Maryland

Collection Overview: Historic Sotterley Plantation, dating from c.1703, is a 94 acre museum overlooking the Patuxent River in St. Mary's County, Maryland. A middle passage site for the trans-Atlantic trade, Sotterley and its owners depended on slave labor for 165 years. Opened to the public by 1961, it was once the 7,000 acre seat of George Plater III, the sixth Governor of Maryland, and owned by Herbert L. Satterlee, a New York business lawyer and son-in-law of J.P. Morgan in the 20th century. The site was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 and declared a National Historic Landmark in 2000. Historic Sotterley, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity governed by a Board of Trustees with a mission to preserve its historic structures and natural environment and use the powerful stories of its land, lives, and labor to bring American history to life while serving as a cultural resource.

While many archival materials remain on site, some of Sotterley's archival collections are housed at the archive of St. Mary's College of Maryland.

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