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Surratt Tavern and Boardinghouse - Appearance in 1865

Surratt Tavern and Boardinghouse - Appearance in 1865 Nineteenth Century Life American History Geography Social Studies

The Surratt family owned two properties - one, in Surrattsville, and the other in Washington City. This gives us some evidence of the prominence of Mary and her family.

The home in Surrattsville also served as an inn, a tavern and a post office.  It was to that tavern - according to the testimony of John Lloyd - that John Wilkes Booth and David Harold made a key stop during their escape from Washington. 

The other home - a four-story townhouse on H Street - was the place where prosecutors alleged John Wilkes Booth met with his co-conspirators as they plotted to harm President Lincoln.

These images, of the two Surratt homes, are from an 1867 book entitled the Life and Extraordinary Adventures of John H. Surratt.

Today, the Surratt farm is a museum where visitors can learn about the web of conspiracy - to harm President Lincoln - which ensnared Mary Surratt and her son John.

The Surratt boarding house, which is about a ten-minute walk from Ford's Theatre - where Booth shot Lincoln - now has a Chinese restaurant on its first floor.

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It was at the Surratt boarding house where Mary Surratt was arrested for her alleged role in the President's death.

Click on the top image for a full-page view of the Surratt homes.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5139stories and lessons created

Original Release: Oct 07, 2013

Updated Last Revision: Nov 25, 2016


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Image from the Life and Extraordinary Adventures of John H. Surratt - published in Philadelphia (1867) by Barclay & Co. - online, courtesy Library of Congress.

 

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