This 18th century tavern sits 13 miles
south of Washington D.C. in a small town called Clinton, which was originally
known as Surrattville. From downtown Washington, it takes less than an
hour to drive there.
Address: Surratt House Museum, 9110
Brandywine Road, P.O. Box 427, Clinton, Maryland 20735.
The Tavern is an 18th century building
that is now a museum, operated by the Maryland National Capital Park Commission.
It originally was run as an Inn for people traveling to and from Washington
D.C. in the late 1800s.
When business at the Inn dropped off,
the owner, Mary Surratt, leased the building to John Lloyd, who turned
it into a Tavern as well as an Inn, to bring in more money. Mary herself
moved to Washington D.C. Because Mary was a friend of John Lloyd, John
Surratt, who was Mary's son, was permitted to meet with his friends at
the Tavern occasionally. John Wilkes Booth unfortunately was one of the
son's friends, which led these meetings to hatch the assassination plans
concerning President Lincoln. The guns were later hid under the floor
boards of the Tavern. Unfortunately, Mary Surratt was accused by John
Lloyd of being part of the plot, and was put on trial and ultimately was
sent to the gallows on Lloyd's testimony. During her trial the town changed
its name from Surrattville to Clinton.
Mary Surratt on top left
Photo from memory.loc.gov
1) A figure of a woman, which is
Mary Surratt's restless spirit, has been seen floating around the Tavern,
which was once her home. She has been seen on the wide porch, and the
stairway between the first and second floors.
2) Strange men have been spotted,
sitting on the back stairs of the Tavern, when no one was there but
the occupants inside.
3) Muffled voices of a group of
men talking in "excited tones" have been heard. At the very
least, an imprint from the past has been preserved at the Tavern.
4) Just recently an unidentified
male apparition has appeared before the living.
Hans Holzer and Sybil Leek visited
the Tavern. Leek immediately knew the location of where the guns were
hidden and where the meetings took place. While in a trance, Leek connected
with one of the former owners of the Tavern, Edwin Booth.
As of 1996, no exorcism had been attempted,
so psychic visitors might be able to hear the same voices.
Yes indeed! The same manifestations are still
witnessed by the living.
The restless spirit of Mary Surratt, is still looking to clear her name after being executed for something she probably didn't do. She paid the ultimate price for unknowingly leasing her property to some shady characters.
From this period in history, psychic imprints portray or actual entities still plan their dastardly deeds.