surrattsville

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The Surratt House was built in 1852 for the Surratt family in present-day Clinton, Maryland, in Prince George’s County. The house served as their home and also as a tavern, public dining room, boardinghouse, post office, and polling place. John Wilkes Booth and other conspirators frequented the boardinghouse and stored weapons and supplies there. After the Lincoln assassination, Booth stopped at the Surratt House to retrieve some weapons and belongings before continuing on his escape route. In the ensuing investigation of the assassination, Mary Surratt was convicted as a conspirator and sent to the gallows. Surratt became the first woman executed by the United States.

house tour, museum, gift shop, twice-yearly escape route bus tour (reservations required), 1-2 hours