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Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House

Dr. Mudd house and museum

Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House Review

The Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House is where John Wilkes Booth ended up at 4 am on Holy Saturday, 1865, his leg broken after having leaped from the presidential box at Ford's Theater. Most likely, the 32-year-old Dr. Mudd had no idea his patient was wanted for the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Nonetheless, Mudd was convicted of aiding a fugitive and sentenced to life in prison. (His time behind bars was cut short when President Andrew Jackson pardoned him in 1869.) Today the two-story house, set on 197 rolling acres, looks as if the doctor is still in. The dark purple couch where Mudd examined Booth remains in the downstairs parlor, 18th-century family pieces fill the rooms, and the doctor's crude instruments are on display. There's a 30-minute guided tour of the house, an exhibit building, and Mudd's original tombstone. They also have a farm museum and tobacco museum.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 3725 Dr. Samuel Mudd Rd. , Waldorf, MD, 20601-4359 | Map It
  • Phone: 301/645–6870
  • Cost: $6
  • Hours: Late Mar.–late Nov., Wed. and weekends 11–4
  • Location: Waldorf

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