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Before 1975, the Surratt house in Clinton, Md., was known mostly for its infamous role in history: as a stop on John Wilkes Booth’s flight after assassinating Abraham Lincoln. On April 14, 1865, Booth picked up carbines and field glasses allegedly left by Mary Surratt before hobbling down the road to see what Doc Mudd could do for his broken leg. Shortly thereafter, Mary Surratt became the first woman hanged by the federal government. Since 1975, her house, now a museum, has become known for its festive Victorian Yuletide celebrations. Decorated with period greens and 19th-century greeting cards and ornaments (not to mention costumed docents) the museum offers candlelight tours and features historian Kevin Rawlings as a Civil War Santa. Union- and Confederate-uniformed sentries will keep the peace during this macabre-sounding, but, I repeat, festive event. At 6 p.m. at the Historic Surratt House Museum, 9118 Brandywine Road, Clinton. $3. (301) 868-1121. (Janet Hopf)