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The Dr. Samuel Mudd House & Museum
Based on 24 traveler reviews
Informative Tour; Beautiful House; Well Spoken and Informed Docent
Sep 02, 2014 by: LMJST from Leonardtown, MD
This tour is well worth the admission price of $7.00. You purchase your tickets in the gift shop (what used to be a kitchen in the home). The attendants operating this shop are direct descendants of Dr. Mudd and his wife Sarah. Very kind and sweet people. Our docent's name was Marilyn and she was a walking history book. She provided incredible detail about the house as we went from room to room, including details about the furnishings and personal belongings, much that is is original to Samuel and Sarah's household. There are those who might feel that the tour is slanted in a favorable view of Dr. Mudd, promoting that he was an unknowing innocent when he treated John Wilkes Boothe. So be it, theories and opinions will go on forever. So just enjoy the experience and education of seeing the couch Boothe collapsed upon when he first entered the house; the staircase he went up and the bedroom in which he was treated; the pieces of furniture made by Dr. Mudd (very talented man indeed); the actual dishes and glassware handled and used by the Mudd's; stories of their various descendants and the ability of the museum to reclaim so many artifacts. The education just went on and on. The house tour concludes in the original kitchen that used to be separate from the house (the gift shop was the kitchen added later adjoining the main house). There are other areas to tour of the museum, a farm exhibit and such, but we did not get to these. As well you are welcome to take the path that Boothe took in his continuing effort to escape when he left the house. Grand restoration, highly recommend!
Civil War history brought to life
Jul 30, 2014 by: John P from Fairfax, Virginia
We enjoyed stopping here at this preserved site along the Civil War Trail encountering the stops made by Booth and his cohort on their attempted escape from justice.
A "must see" if you are interested in this era
Jul 23, 2014 by: MsBaltimore234 from Baltimore, Maryland
While driving through this scenic area to reach another destination, I saw the signs for the Dr. Mudd House and Museum, and thought I would check it out. It was definitely worth the trip. The grounds contain a Civil War soldier's campsite reconstruction, a shed with many original farm tools, buggies, etc., and a very interesting, although small, Civil War museum, that had a gentleman explaining the artifacts and exhibits. This all was interesting to view while awaiting the tour of the house. Dr. Mudd was a young doctor who treated John Wilkes Booth for a leg injury as he escaped after assassinating President Lincoln. The home is actually a small plantation where he and his family lived, practiced medicine and ran a farm (with a number of slaves, but you have to ask about that or it seems to be omitted from the narration). Our docent, dressed in a period costume, made the tour interesting and even a little bit amusing. You learned about the family and how they lived in the time. The furnishings, many of which are original, and the kitchen and its wares were fascinating to see. The docents and people minding the home and small gift shop are seemingly all descendants and/or connected to the Mudd family, keep in mind, and they are apparently attempting to clear him posthumously of any possible involvement, which he had been convicted of in his day and later pardoned, in regard to the Lincoln assassination, and show the family in a very positive light. You will not learn a lot of detail about the case, but the time, about an hour and 15 minutes between the tour and seeing the outside exhibits, and the cost, $7, are very well worth it.
Nov 18, 2013 by: Danielle G from Somerset, Kentucky
I can't say a lot about this tour mainly because as soon as the tour started I nearly passed out. I'm not sure what caused it. We had taken the walk around the grounds, and it was very hot out. I think in the 90s. But I was fine during the walk, and I was fine when I first went inside. It wasn't until the tour started and I went into that first room that I started to feel light headed. I've always been sensitive towards the paranormal, and I've heard stories that The Mudd House is haunted, but that doesn't exactly mean it was something paranormal that caused me to feel that way. It just makes me think, you know? Mostly because I still have no idea what caused it, and it's never happened to be before or after. Either way, the people there were very kind. Someone in my tour group was a paramedic and he helped me to sit down, which was the only thing that saved me for passing out completely. The people working there offered me some chocolate and I was given a water. They completely refunded my money and the money of my friends that went with me, and that was something they didn't even have to do. I hope that I can go back someday and actually take the tour of the house. But I wanted to write this review, just to let everyone know how kind the people are that work there. They're very welcoming, and I'm sure that makes for a fun tour for everyone.
Delaware Sunday drive
Aug 13, 2013 by: Annmarie R from Delaware City, Delaware
Beautiful Summer drive down to Waldorf MD. The museum was much more then we expected. The tour lasted about an hour.Two of the Mudd family descendant's were on site and seemed surprised we drove 2 1/2 hours to view the museum. The Mudd family has done a great job in preserving such a piece of history. Home had lovely furnishings, and beautiful grounds. Tour guide was very knowledgeable. We continued are drive to Clinton MD to see Surratt House Museum, completing this end of John Wilkes Booth escape.
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