Surratt House MuseumThe site is the 1852 farm home of the Surratt family and also served as a tavern, post office and polling place. During the Civil War, it was a safe house on the Confederate underground which flourished in Southern Maryland. In 1864, the Surratt family became involved in a scheme to kidnap President Abraham Lincoln. When this scheme turned to assassination, Surratt House became the first stop on John Wilkes Booth's escape from Washington City. As a result, the widow Mary Surratt was tried, convicted, and executed as a conspirator -- marking the first time that a woman had been executed by the federal government.
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