Hollywood in St. Mary's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Sotterley's Remaining Slave Cabin
This cabin would have housed an estimated two dozen slaves. The Plantation owner provided little by way of furnishings, so slaves made clothing, furniture and bedding themselves.
Archaeological excavations at this site uncovered a hidden root cellar, and hundreds of artifacts including buttons tools and pottery.
This cabin was built like typical agricultural buildings constructed between the 1930s and 1850s, but these builders hewed the earthfast posts, flat on one side to prevent the 4 1/2" to 5" thick plank walls from buckling. They drove pegs down through holes drilled vertically into planks to keep them stacked. Chinking (clay & mortar) was added between the planking to protect against weather and bugs.
The windows you see were not original to the cabin and were added after the Civil War. The only light in the building would have been from the open doors, fireplace or from candles. The hard packed floor was covered at one time with a wooden floor that was later removed. The loft had
Erected by Chesapeake Gateways Network.
Location. 38° 22.553′ N, 76° 32.471′ W. Marker is in Hollywood, Maryland, in St. Mary's County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Sotterley Lane and Vista Road. Touch for map. The marker is on Sotterley Plantation along the rolling road, south of the main house. Marker is at or near this postal address: 44300 Sotterley Lane, Hollywood MD 20636, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. War Hits Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Tobacco's Impact (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Port of Entry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rosedale (approx. 1.2 miles away); A Place in Chesapeake History (approx. 2.1 miles away); June 1814 — War Visits the Patuxent (approx. 2.1 miles away); Idyllic Retreat — Beach House on the Point (approx. 2.1 miles away); Smith’s St. Leonard Site (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hollywood.
Also see . . .
1. Sotterley Field Hand's Quarters SM-70. Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties. (Submitted on January 14, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
2. Archaeological Investigations at the Sotterley Plantation Slave Cabin St. Mary's County, Maryland, (Submitted on January 14, 2013, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.)
Categories. • African Americans •
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