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John Wilkes Booth slept here as he planned to kidnap and kill President Abraham Lincoln. The home's owner was hanged for her part, although how much she knew is still hotly debated. Visitors can see the tavern and family's rooms in this 1852 house, including original furnishings, such as Mary's desk. Additional Surratt family items are displayed in the visitor center next door. During the 45-minute tour, costumed volunteer guides tell how Mary got entangled in this black period of history. The house, once part of a farm, now sits on a suburban road.