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Surratt House Museum

9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton, MD 20735, USA

Historic Surratt House has national significance due to its role in the dramatic events surrounding the Lincoln assassination. Built in 1852, the house served as the Surratts' home, a tavern, hostelry, post office, and polling place. During the Civil War, it was a safe house on the Confederate underground which flourished in Southern Maryland. Because of heavy debts following her husband's death in 1862 and the subsequent freeing of her slaves by the new Maryland constitution in 1864, Mary E. Surratt rented this country home in the fall of 1864 and moved to a rowhouse on H Street in Washington City. Her son, John Surratt, Jr., a Confederate courier was soon introduced to John Wilkes Booth by Dr. Samuel A. Mudd and recruited into the original scheme to kidnap President Abraham Lincoln. As part of that plot, rifles and other supplies were hidden at the country home. When Booth turned to assassination, this home was the first place he and conspirator David Herold stopped as they fled out of Washington. Mrs. Surratt was subsequently arrested, tried, and convicted of being part of the Lincoln conspiracy. On July 7, 1865, she became the first woman to be executed by the federal government. A visit to Surratt House relives this tragic history.


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From the Capital Beltway (I-495), take Exit 7A, south on Route 5 (Branch Avenue). Proceed 3.5 miles to a right exit for Route 223 (Woodyard Road). At foot of ramp, bear right. Proceed one mile to second traffic light and turn left onto Brandywine Road. The museum complex will be on your left.

Visitor Services

Visitors' Center, gift shop, picnic area, rest rooms, ground-floor handicapped accessible, research library, speakers' bureau

Regular Events

Changing exhibits related to museum's period and/or history, spring and fall banquets with speakers, annual conference on Lincoln assassination topics, spring and fall open houses, John Wilkes Booth Escape Route bus tours, other off-site bus tours of historic nature, monthly newsletter

Available Interpretation

Directional signs, docent-led tours, historical markers

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Admission Fee

$5/adults; $4/senior citizens; $2/students (ages 5-18)


Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M.; Saturdays & Sundays 12:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Last tours begin 1/2 hour before closing.



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