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Victorian Christmas at Dr. Samuel Mudd House

Victorian Christmas at Dr. Samuel Mudd House

Saturday, December 2, 2017
Dates/Time:  Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (both days)

Location:  Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House Museum, 3725 Dr. Samuel Mudd Road, Waldorf, MD

Cost:  $8 Adults; $2 Children up to 16

Join the Dr. Mudd Society for its 15th Annual Victorian Christmas Celebration. Outside the house, visitors will find Civil War soldiers interpreting an earlier time in the 1800's.  Inside, Christmas music, Mr. and Mrs. Claus, a superb collection of antique dolls, Victorian splendor, and refreshments await. The period house will be decorated for the season and offers costumed docent tours during the day and by candlelight in the evening.  Limited Handicapped Accessibility. Reservations are not required.

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.

For additional information, call 301-274-9358, or visit www.drmudd.org