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The Dr. Samuel Mudd House & Museum
Based on 32 traveler reviews
Chilling, gripping, controversial and thrilling - an essential piece of US history
Apr 12, 2015 by: Julia W from London, United Kingdom
Imagine an actor of the calibre of Johnny Depp or Brad Pitt shooting the US president dead and then fleeing through the Maryland countryside throwing the whole country into mass hysteria and triggering the biggest manhunt in history. This is what happened in April 1865 and the Dr Samuel Mudd house is a crucial part of the story. Preserved in the family until the 1970s and then carefully turned into a museum it contains very many artifacts that were there when John Wilkes Booth arrived in agony with a broken leg. Our guide Dorothea shared her vast knowledge of these events with us and gripped us with stories of the characters involved. We found out the indisputable reasons why it was definitely Wilkes Booth who was killed later by Union troops (no, he didn't escape and live a long life), we found out how Dr Mudd escaped being hung for his 'crime' by just one juror vote and how he and Booth were not strangers on the night Booth infamously sought the doctor's help. This is one of the best small museums we've come across in the USA and if you have any interest in US history at all (or the paranormal for it is undoubtably haunted) you must make a visit.
Feb 18, 2015 by: amynsomd from Waldorf
As we live nearby, I have been here several times, usually with visiting friends and relatives. Newly added is the campsite out back where the boy scouts have put in some work to remind us that troops were at the farm for awhile following Lincoln's assassination. Also, a civil war display in an adjoining building for history buffs. Always like to see the tents around whenever the boy scouts are there or the civil war guys are camping out (great stories).
a must for lincoln lovers
Dec 20, 2014 by: vendetta_vixxen from hurlock
although it was no easy task to find, my daughter LOVES President Lincoln and all that has anything to do with his legacy. So we pushed on until we found the little house off in the fields. The history lesson and to be able to venture through the infamous house was pretty cool to a ten year old ( and to her parents) The doctor's grave marker was kept in the back yard in a shed and there was also a civil war 'memorial' in another small barn out back
The Victorian weekend visit was lovely
Dec 07, 2014 by: Nancy G from Tiffin, Ohio
Even though the museum was closed for the season, we were able to visit when the house and museum were decorated for Christmas. There are family descendants manning the various duties. Many original its on display.
The Inn of Infamy
Nov 12, 2014 by: TourGuy-d2691 from Severn, Maryland
Like Lincoln's assassin, you have to know you want to be here, to get here, but it is well worth it! Dr. Mudd's house is a 'Must See' for history aficionados. A time capsule stop on the most infamous escape route in US history, half of the people that work there (serving as docents) are relatives, so a unique perspective on Mudd's role in this pivotal event was spectacular! Talk about walking in the footsteps of history - there is an eerie quality to experiencing this place: Actual furniture and artifacts from that fateful visit, along with the captivating story of "What did the Dr. know & when did he know it?" The property is well maintained & almost unchanged in 150 years. A broader sense of pride in the culture of rural life in 19th century Southern MD was fascinating. Truly, an uncommon site for a history buff - if you bring your 'significant other' here, I'm sure there are nice jewelry stores in Waldorf to sweeten the deal!
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