Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Sotterley Plantation: Plantation On The Bay

I took a couple of days off to explore the Maryland coast. This a really nice trip because I have never been to the Eastern Shore and all the places that I read about in history like Cambridge, Maryland where Harriet Tubman was a slave. They have an African American History museum dedicated to Tubman in that town, but it was closed. As a matter of fact, the days or hours of operation were not clearly posted. We also had a chance to see the Chesapeake Bay along Solomon Island. It was beautiful. The people there were a bit strange and seem to lack social skills. Perhaps they have been ill treated by tourist so they really just look past you as if you are not there. I still had a nice time just traveling with my wife.

The highlight of the trip was a visit to the Sotterley Plantation in Hollywood, Md. I have never been on a plantation so I was very interested in experiencing that first hand. We arrived on the plantation an hour before the tour would start.

Plantation Flower

There were only a few cars in the parking lot so it seemed that very little people were there to tour the nearly 100-acre facility. It was quiet and lonely. I was instantly taken by the landscape and the rolling hills. We stepped out of the car and started our walk towards the visitor center. Have you ever been to a plantation? If so, how was that experience for you? My life would change at that very moment. I’ll share the rest of this story with you on Thursday’s post.
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