On this date: May 1st, 1976

The Surratt House Museum in Clinton, Maryland opened for public tours.

The house and tavern, formerly the property of Mary Surratt and a stopping point for John Wilkes Booth on his escape south, was donated by its owner to the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission in 1964.  The work on restoring the house led to the founding of the Surratt Society, an organization devoted to furthering the study of the Lincoln assassination through trained guides for the museum, a monthly newsletter (the Surratt Courier), a yearly conference on the assassination, and the coveted John Wilkes Booth Escape Route Tours in the spring and fall.  The campus also houses the James O. Hall Research Center, the first (and often best) stop for research about the Lincoln assassination.  Visit Surratt.org to view their many wonderful events for the year.

References:
Surratt House Museum: A Page in American History by Laurie Verge and Joan Chaconas

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