Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House Museum
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1971, the 197-acre Dr. Samuel A. Mudd farm consists of a house museum, exhibit building, farm museum, tombstone building, gift shops, and other outbuildings. It is the most visited historic site in Charles County.
Dr. Mudd was a 31-year-old country doctor and the father of four when John Wilkes Booth shot and killed President Lincoln at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, DC on April 14, 1865. Having broken his leg while escaping the scene, Booth needed medical attention
Accompanied by David Herold, Booth arrived at the Mudd home at 4 am the following day. Dr. Mudd splinted Booth’s broken limb and let the travelers rest for several hours before they continued on later that afternoon.
Soon thereafter, Dr. Mudd was arrested. Union troops occupied the farm until the Union Calvary shot Booth during his attempt to escape apprehension. Dr. Mudd received a sentence of life in prison at Fort Jefferson located in the Dry Tortugas Islands off the coast of Florida.
In 1867, yellow fever broke out at Fort Jefferson. The prison doctor succumbed to the disease and died. His replacement came from Key West, and he and Dr. Mudd worked tirelessly to care for the sick and dying. For his efforts during the crisis, Dr. Mudd received a pardon from Present Andrew Johnson in 1869. Shortly thereafter, he returned home.
He and his wife had five more children before the Doctor died in 1883.
During the Christmas season, the house is alive with activity. Outside, costumed interpreters donned in Civil War attire set up camp for the weekend.
And inside, visitors will step into the Victorian era where they can visit with Santa Claus, take in the Christmas decorations, enjoy a superb collection of antique dolls, and sample a variety of Christmas cookies, cakes, and other treats.
Admission: $8 for adults and $2 for children.