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.
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