Historic Sotterley 19th century Corn Crib Building with "Land, Lives, and Labor" exhibit
Sotterley's Corn Crib building dates from the 1800's but has some recycled materials from the 1700's. This building was used to stack corn to keep moisture and pests from the grain. Corn, wheat, and other cereal grains were the main crops at Sotterley in the 1800's although some tobacco was still grown. Cotton was not a crop at Sotterley but was found farther south. Today, you will see displays of trades and skills used to run a farm. Native peoples once lived, hunted, and created vibrant cultures in the Tidewater region, including the land Historic Sotterley now inhabits. Before European contact and Colonial Maryland, they had thrived for thousands of years. Their presence is evident through archeological evidence and the culture and history passed down through their descendants today. People held during slavery did much of the hard labor at Sotterley. Many enslaved people were skilled Blacksmiths, carpenters, and wheelwrights, as well as skilled in animal husbandry. In the 1980's the museum converted this area to exhibit space. In 2013, Sotterley's "Land, Lives, and Labor" exhibit was developed and installed here.
19th century Corn Crib
Corn Crib and Exhibit Entrance
Corn crib overhang
Backstory and Context