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Surratt House
istoric Surratt House has
national significance
due to its role in the dramatic events surrounding
the Lincoln assassination
conspiracy. Built for the
Surratt family in 1852,
the house served not
only as their home, but
Mary Surratt
as a tavern, public dining
room, and hotel for traveling gentlemen. Outside, the house
was the focal point of a 300-acre plantation. A livery stable
and nearby blacksmith shop serviced travelers; and in 1854,
a post office was added to the tavern, serving the new area of
“Surrattsville” with Mr. Surratt serving as postmaster until his
death in 1862. The tavern was also the official polling place for
the Ninth Election District, created in 1854.
In the fall of 1864, tragedy began to hit the Surratts.
Faced with financial difficulties, Mary Surratt rented her country home and moved to 541 H Street in Washington. Here she
opened a boardinghouse. Her
oldest son was in the Confederate Army, and her youngest
had become a Confederate
courier. He was recruited by
John Wilkes Booth into a plot
to kidnap President Lincoln.
Various conspirators, including Booth, frequented the
boardinghouse; and weapons
and supplies were stored at the
Surrattsville home.
When the kidnap plotfailed, Booth turned to asassination, stopping at Surratt House
to retrieve the weapons and supplies. In the ensuing federal
dragnet, Mary Surratt was arrested, tried, and convicted as a
conspirator. While her son fled the country, she was sent to
the gallows. Her guilt or innocence continues to be hotly
debated. A visit to Surratt House in present-day Clinton,
Maryland, relives this tragic history.
Waiting to guide you through historic
Surratt House will be docents in authentic dress of the
1860s. These guides are members of The Surratt Society, a
volunteer affiliate of the museum with worldwide membership. The Society presents a wide range of unique special
events and exhibits, portraying the cultural history of the
mid-19th century.
For further information on tours and special events, or to
become a member of The Surratt Society, please call
The Surratt Society offers bus tours over the John Wilkes Booth
escape route in April and September each year. Reservations
are required.
Surratt House
Januar y – December 2015
The Full Story: Maryland, The Surratts, and
the Crime of the Century—An Exhibition
J anuary 14 – D ecember 13
W ednesdays – F ridays , 11 am – 3 pm S aturdays & S undays , 12 noon – 4 pm
Surratt House commemorates the
150th anniversary of the end of the
American Civil War with an exhibit
reflecting the role of Maryland in the
conflict, the choices made by the Surratt
family, and the after effects on the
family and the nation. Regular tour admission price.
No reservations required.
Within these Walls: African American
Surgeons and Nurses during the Civil War
S aturday , F ebruary 7, 4
pm The story of African American medical personnel during the
Civil War is a neglected part of history with little being written
on the subject. Black nurses served in both Union and Confederate hospitals, and their surgeon counterparts treated civilians
and soldiers on the battlefield
and in army hospitals.
Historian Jill L. Newmark will
share her knowledge of
this intriguing subject and bring to light
stories that have been
hidden for over 150 years.
Free. Arrive early. Limited
Sixteenth Annual Symposium
Lincoln’s Assassination: “…He
Belongs to the Ages”
F riday –S unday , M arch 20–22
Scholars explore such topics as
the character of John Wilkes
Booth, the role of Cpl. Tanner
in taking eyewitness accounts,
Lincoln’s funeral trip back to
Illinois, the effects on Mrs.
Lincoln in future years, and the
Lincoln legacy as it has come
down through 150 years. Also included are
off-site bus tours and a dinner program.
Reservation and payment required in
advance. Cost: $175/person—bus tours
priced separately.
John Wilkes Booth Escape Route Tours
S aturdays , A pril 11, 18, 25 & M ay 2, 7:15
am –7 pm
Follow the trail of President Lincoln’s
assassin from Ford’s Theatre in
Washington, D.C. to his death near
Port Royal, Virginia. Relax and enjoy
the history and scenery on this
12-hour, fully narrated bus tour.
Reservation and payment required in
advance. Cost: $85/person.
The Civil War: Why the North Won
and the South Lost
S aturday , J une 6, 4
The usual reasons given as to
why the North won the Civil
War are because of industrial
and economic superiority and
population advantage. So how
was the South able to survive
for four years with many
— continued
Why the North Won and the South Los continued
victories over Union armies and frequently appearing to be
close to winning its independence? Dr. Tom Jarvis will
examine various factors that contributed to the war’s outcome
and will discuss the opinions of historians as well as those
who fought in the war. Free. Arrive early. Limited seating.
Mid-Summer Open House
S aturday & S unday , J uly 11 & 12,
12 noon – 4 pm
Enjoy free, guided tours through our
historic house and learn its cool history.
Take advantage of special sales in our
well-stocked gift shop.
The United States Colored Troops
to the Rescue
S aturday , A ugust 8, 4
U.S. Colored Troops made up over 10% of the Union Army
and 25% of the Union Navy—yet only 1% of the Northern
population was African American. Clearly over-represented
in the military, this group played a decisive role in the Civil
War. Recognizing their contributions, Lincoln declared,
“Without the military help of the black freedmen, the war
against the South could not have been won.” Join preeminent scholar, Edna Green Medford, PhD, as she discusses
the significant
role that African
American soldiers
played in the Civil
War. Free. Arrive
early. Limited seating.
John Wilkes Booth Escape Route Tours
S aturdays , S eptember 5, 12, 19 & 26, 7:15
am –7:00 pm
Follow the trail of President Lincoln’s assassin from Ford’s
Theatre in Washington, D.C. to his death near Port Royal,
Virginia. Relax and enjoy the history and scenery on this 12hour, fully narrated bus tour. Reservation and payment required
in advance. Cost: $85/per person
Hollywood and the Civil War: Andersonville
S aturday , N ovember 7, 6
This docudrama records the harrowing
conditions at the Confederacy’s most
notorious prisoner-of-war camp. The
drama unfolds through the eyes of a
company of Union soldiers captured at
the Battle of Cold Harbor, Virginia, in
June of 1864, and shipped to the camp
in southern Georgia. May not be
appropriate for young audiences.
Free. Arrive early. Limited seating.
‘Tis The Season—And We Are All Dolled Up
T uesday , D ecember 2 – S aturday , D ecember 13
during regular tour hours
Enjoy the holiday season as the
country binds up its wounds
after four, long years of civil war.
Period decorations, the charm of
antique dolls and toys, refreshments, and interaction with folks
in period attire bring back the
memories of the mid-19th century. Receive a holiday discount
in the museum shop and sample
cider and cookies.
Regular tour admission.
Surratt House Museum
9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton, Maryland 20735
Directions: From the Capital Beltway (I-95) take
Exit 7A, Branch Avenue/Route 5 South. Follow Branch
Avenue 3.5 miles and bear right onto Woodyard Road
(Route 223). At the end of the exit ramp, turn right and
go one mile to the second traffic light. Turn left onto
Brandywine Road. Surratt House will be immediately on
your left. Follow the fence line to the visitors’ center
parking lot. Tours begin inside the visitors’ center.
Walk-in Tours Available with Costumed Guides
January 14–December 13, 2015
Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays, 11 am –3 pm*
Saturdays & Sundays, 12 noon– 4 pm*
* Curriculum-based school tours and programs available
by appointment.
Admission Fees
Adults $3, Seniors $2, Children $1
Gift Shop open during tour hours.
James O. Hall Research Center available by
appointment 301-868-6185
301-868-1121; TTY 301-699-2544
Ask about our special, off-site bus tours to places of
interest along the East Coast, theatre trips, etc.
The Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the
participation of individuals with disabilities. Register at least a minimum of
two weeks in advance of the program start date to request and receive a
disability accommodation.
Surratt House Museum is owned
and operated by The Maryland-National
Capital Park and Planning Commission,
department of Parks and Recreation,
Prince George’s County, Natural and
Historical Resources Division.