Clinton in Prince George's County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Confederate Safe House
— John Wilkes Booth - Escape of an Assassin —
Surratt's son, John, Jr., a Confederate courier, came into contact with actor John Wilkes Booth in 1864. Booth planned to kidnap President Abraham Lincoln, and Surratt was to help convey Lincoln to Richmond. The tavern was to serve as a way-station during the kidnapping. Weapons and supplies were secreted here.
In December, 1864, Surratt's mother, Mary E. Surratt, rented out the tavern and moved to her other home on H Street in Washington. Booth visited there often, and two of his conspirators boarded with her briefly. Eventually, the kidnapping plan turned to assassination, and after Booth shot the president on April 14, 1865, he and accomplice David E. Herold came directly here to retrieve the weapons the conspirators had stashed earlier. They arrived at midnight, then headed south toward the hamlet of T.B.
Mrs. Surratt's tenant here later gave damaging testimony that sent her to the gallows on July 7,
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • War, US Civil • Women. In addition, it is included in the Booth's Escape, and the Maryland Civil War Trails series lists.
Location. 38° 45.861′ N, 76° 53.855′ W. Marker is in Clinton, Maryland, in Prince George's County. Marker can be reached from Brandywine Road (Maryland Route 381) 0.1 miles south of Woodyard Road (Maryland Road 223), on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9110 Brandywine Road, Clinton MD 20735, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Wilkes Booth (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named John Wilkes Booth (within shouting distance of this marker); The Mary Surratt House (within shouting distance of this marker); Crucifix (approx. 0.2 miles away); Thrift School (approx. 2.7 miles away); His Lordship’s Kindness (approx. 3 Slaves’ Infirmary [on His Lordship’s Kindness] (approx. 3 miles away); U.S. Air Force Special Air Missions (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Clinton.
More about this marker. At the lower center of the marker is a drawing of Surrattsville, showing the Surratts Tavern at left. Inset with this image is a portrait of Mary E. Surratt.
On the far right of the marker is a map, showing John Wilkes Booth's escape route after assassinating then President Abraham Lincoln.
Also see . . . Booth's Escape Byway, Maryland Office of Tourism. (Submitted on August 19, 2019.)
Additional keywords. John Wilkes Booth Escape Route
Credits. This page was last revised on October 22, 2019. It was originally submitted on December 14, 2007, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,995 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 14, 2007, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 4, 5, 6. submitted on February 6, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 7. submitted on December 14, 2007, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. 8. submitted on May 13, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.