Day 21: Sotterley Plantation’s Holiday Candlelight Tours

Visiting Sotterley Plantation is like taking a trip back in time.  The mansion was built in the early part of the 18th century and is now on the national historic register and open to visitors year round.

I love their holiday candlelight tours above and beyond any other event they host.  I think the best way to describe it is “living history”.  It’s more of a theatrical production than it is a historical tour.  You start by entering the house and witnessing the holiday part of Dr. Walter Hanson Stone Briscoe and Mrs. Emaline Briscoe, circa 1864.  The theme this year is “spies and other guests”, so I’m betting that there is a bit of theatrical civil war intrigue that you get to see played out.

The tours have to be booked in advance (you can do so here), tickets are $15 per person, and the tour runs about 40 minutes.  In addition, the ladies of Sotterley will be serving cookies and warm cider, and the gift shop will be open as well.  This is an evening event so make sure to dress warmly, it’s a safe assumption to say that the manor house probably doesn’t have central heat.


The Holiday Candlelight Tours will be held on December 10-11th, from 6pm to 10pm


Sotterley is located off of Route 245 at 44300 Sotterley Lane in Hollywood, Maryland.


You can order tickets (You must order in advance) HERE

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4 Comments on "Day 21: Sotterley Plantation’s Holiday Candlelight Tours"

  1. Sounds like a really fun way to spend an evening! All of the candlelight tours in Southern Maryland are fun, and Sotterley is just beautiful.

  2. It’s a gorgeous location. I’ve always wanted to visit by boat, but I haven’t gotten around to arranging it yet.

  3. Thank you so much for this wonderful write-up regarding this weekend’s Holiday Candlelight Tours at Sotterley! The first time I visited this wonderful place was several years ago – for the Holiday Candlelight Tours. What an introduction! I was charmed by the feel of the place, completely wow-ed by the production, and so began my wondrous relationship with this National Historic Landmark and Jewel of Southern Maryland.

    You are correct that this year’s NEW script is set during the Civil War Era. Wait until you see the costuming! You are also correct about having people bundle up. Though the Plantation House (Mansion) is climate controlled, it is still chilly. And this weekend’s forecast will be bitterley cold.

    Thank you again!
    Eileen Miller
    Marketing Manager
    Sotterley Plantation

  4. Eileen,

    Glad you enjoyed the write-up! We’re working on providing a comprehensive list of great local places to visit, eat, shop and enjoy in Southern Maryland, and we are thrilled to be able to highlight you guys! Please keep us in the loop on future events, we’d love to come out some time, take photos and video and really showcase this wonderful historical site!

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