Dr. Mudd House holds 15th An­nual Vic­to­rian Christ­mas

Fa­mous home dec­o­rated in 19th cen­tury style

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU jan­fen­son-comeau@somd­news.com

The his­toric home of Dr. Samuel Mudd cel­e­brated the hol­i­days in Vic­to­rian style last week­end with its 15th an­nual Vic­to­rian Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tion.

The event, held through­out Satur­day and Sun­day, saw the Wal­dorf house dec­o­rated as it would have been in the pe­riod when Queen Vic­to­ria reigned in Eng­land.

In ad­di­tion, the home fea­tured a re-cre­ation of a Civil War en­camp­ment by re-en­ac­tors of the Sec­ond Mary­land CSA (Con­fed­er­ate States of Amer­ica)

In­fantry Com­pany D.

The event also fea­tured mu­sic and re­fresh­ments with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus in at­ten­dance.

Walk­ing tours were held of the house in which pres­i­den­tial as­sas­sin John Wilkes Booth was treated by Mudd for a bro­ken leg in the early hours of April 15, 1865, be­fore con­tinu- ing on his way. The sofa on which Booth was treat- ed can still be found in the house.

Mudd was later ar­rested and charged with con­spir- acy to mur­der Pres­i­dent Abra­ham Lin­coln. Sen- tenced to life in prison, Mudd later helped stem the spread of yel­low fever at the prison at Fort Jef­fer- son after the prison doc­tor died, said do­cent Pa­tri­cia Gal­lagher.

His work dur­ing the yel- low fever epi­demic led to a pres­i­den­tial par­don in 1869, and Mudd re­turned home to Charles County in March of that year.

“The yel­low fever dam­aged his health, how­ever, and he died in 1883 at the age of 49,” Gal­lagher said.

The Mudd House, also known as St. Catharine, has been in the Mudd fam­ily since 1690, Gal­lagher said.

The house is cur­rently op­er­ated as a mu­seum. All of the items are orig­i­nal to the house or the 19th cen­tury time pe­riod, said do­cent Melinda Brown.

STAFF PHOTO BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU

The Dr. Samuel Mudd House in Wal­dorf cel­e­brated its 15th an­nual Vic­to­rian Christ­mas Satur­day and Sun­day.

Do­cent Pa­tri­cia Gal­lagher dis­cusses the life of Dr. Samuel Mudd dur­ing the Vic­to­rian Christ­mas at the Dr. Samuel Mudd House.

Do­cent Melinda Brown sits in the foyer of the Dr. Samuel Mudd House dur­ing its 15th an­nual Vic­to­rian Christ­mas event Satur­day.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU

Ni­cholas Nutwell and Den­nis Spears, re-en­ac­tors with the Sec­ond Mary­land CSA In­fantry Com­pany D, play check­ers in a re­con­struc­tion of a Con­fed­er­ate camp dur­ing the 15th an­nual Vic­to­rian Christ­mas at the Dr. Samuel Mudd House Satur­day.

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