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Sotterley Plantation has announced the 2013 schedule for its 2nd Saturday Series, a series of tours that follow different themes and take visitors behind the scenes at the Hollywood site. During the first five months of the year, the public will have the opportunity to experience five different tours.
Tour themes will range from slavery at Sotterley and African American influence on the country’s cuisine to the women of Sotterley.
Advance reservations only are accepted for this series, which starts Jan. 12.
The tours will include:
“Backstairs/Upstairs” will be offered on Jan. 12 at 1 and 3 p.m. Visitors will go behind the scenes at Sotterley and enter places normally not seen on a regular tour. Visitors will see the kitchen and travel up the back staircase to view private chambers and undisplayed collections and learn what it takes to operate and support a museum. Tours are limited to 16 people per each tour. Snow date is Jan. 26.
“Slavery, Resistance and Freedom” will be offered Feb. 9 at 1 and 3 p.m. Slavery was a part of Sotterley’s history from the turn of the 18th century and lasted for more than 160 years. Visitors will have the chance to hear the voices and visit the places where African Americans lived and labored. Each tour is limited to 20 people. Participants should be 13 or older. Snow date Feb. 23.
“From the Ground Up” will be offered March 9 at 1 and 3 p.m. From the basement to the attic of Sotterley’s 1703 Plantation House there are numerous nooks and crannies rarely seen by most people. Presented by Sotterley’s restoration manager, this tour will reveal how the structure was built and what the various spaces tell us about the more than 300-year history. Each tour is limited to 16 people. Snow date is March 23.
“A Taste of History: How African American Foods Influenced our Modern Cuisine” will be offered April 13 at 10 a.m. and noon. This tour will focus on what people ate during the 1700s. Tour participants will have the chance to come learn about the foods that were transported on slave ships during the 18th century and how they influenced not only colonial dishes but modern day regional foods. A lecture and demonstration will be presented by the director of education of historic London Town and Gardens. Each session is limited to 60 people.
“Women of Sotterley” will be offered May 11 at 1 and 3 p.m.
Discover the women of Sotterley. Whether it was the mistress of the house, the farm manager’s wife, the heiress, or the enslaved servants, the women of Sotterley were fascinating people who lived extraordinary lives.
This tour is limited to 20 people per session.