11 Most Endangered Historic Places

Sotterley Plantation

Year Listed: 1996
Location: Hollywood, Maryland
Threat: Natural Forces, Deterioration, Neglect


Established around 1710, the Sotterley Plantation was created as a self-sufficient plantation, a colonial port of entry and a major player in the colonial economy of southern Maryland. For the past three decades, the tidewater-style plantation has been open to the public, and includes the original slave cabin as well as the rare 18th-century customs warehouse. But like many other historic sites, it suffers from years of inadequate funding and deferred maintenance, which have taken their toll. With major structural repairs needed for the manor house, the slave cabin and the other buildings, and a lack of funds to do all the necessary work, Sotterley has had to limit tours and continued public access to the site is in jeopardy.