Hollywood, MD- Sotterely Plantation dates back to 1699. It is the oldest surviving plantation in Southern Maryland.  The land along the Patuxent River was purchased by James Bowles and the first part of the mansion was completed in 1703. When Bowles passed away, his wife Rachel Addison remarried George Platter II. Their son, George Platter III designated it as Sotterely Plantation. The plantation was stable throughout the years, mainly due to slave labor. When slavery was abolished in 1864, the plantation fell into economic poverty. 

Various stories have suggested spirits of past slaves, employees, and possibly even the Bowles/Platters still inhabit the land. A tour guide years ago recounted how, during a tour in December, he went to a second floor and was pushed down the stairs by an unseen force. 

The estate itself has drawn enormous interest from paranormal investigators. Some of the findings that were reported are that not only is the mansion haunted, but quite possibly the slave quarters. An EVP recording taken at one investigation recorded drumming sounds coming from the slave quarters, and a soft, but distinctive voice saying “get out!”.

Some employees have even said they can sometimes smell the scent of coffee and bacon emanating from the kitchen when no one is cooking. 

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...