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The Dr. Samuel Mudd House & Museum
Based on 28 traveler reviews
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!
Unique and fascinating
Oct 24, 2014 by: touron4 from Charleston, South Carolina
One of the most unique and interesting historic homes we've toured. Many of the furnishings are original to Dr. Mudd and those that aren't are mostly from the family. See the stairs Booth climbed to the upstairs bedroom in which Mudd cut off his boot and set his leg. Like traveling back in time.
Oct 19, 2014 by: Oskapepper from Warrenton, Oregon
Liked that some of the same furniture and pictures are still in the home. Some of the furniture was actually made by Dr. Mudd when he was in prison. It's like a step back in time. Docent was knowledgeable and interesting. Didn't like the emphasis on ghosts in the home (but in all fairness, it was featured on one of those ghost TV shows), but it was balanced by historical information.
The Mudd at the Mudd House
Oct 07, 2014 by: JohnBCowgill from Washington DC, District of Columbia
This is a very important place of history that very few people know about. Yet, it is a place you should visit. The house tour is about thirty minutes, and they do their best to preserve the history. The tour guide was dressed in historic attire which I think it is great to get you into the history.
Informative Tour; Beautiful House; Well Spoken and Informed Docent
Sep 02, 2014 by: LMJST from Leonardtown, MD
This tour is well worth the admission price of $7.00. You purchase your tickets in the gift shop (what used to be a kitchen in the home). The attendants operating this shop are direct descendants of Dr. Mudd and his wife Sarah. Very kind and sweet people. Our docent's name was Marilyn and she was a walking history book. She provided incredible detail about the house as we went from room to room, including details about the furnishings and personal belongings, much that is is original to Samuel and Sarah's household. There are those who might feel that the tour is slanted in a favorable view of Dr. Mudd, promoting that he was an unknowing innocent when he treated John Wilkes Boothe. So be it, theories and opinions will go on forever. So just enjoy the experience and education of seeing the couch Boothe collapsed upon when he first entered the house; the staircase he went up and the bedroom in which he was treated; the pieces of furniture made by Dr. Mudd (very talented man indeed); the actual dishes and glassware handled and used by the Mudd's; stories of their various descendants and the ability of the museum to reclaim so many artifacts. The education just went on and on. The house tour concludes in the original kitchen that used to be separate from the house (the gift shop was the kitchen added later adjoining the main house). There are other areas to tour of the museum, a farm exhibit and such, but we did not get to these. As well you are welcome to take the path that Boothe took in his continuing effort to escape when he left the house. Grand restoration, highly recommend!
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