This candidate will be able to lead the Surratt House in upholding NHRD’s four strategic pillars:
Pillar 1: Enhance the Visitor Experience: Quality & Quantity
Pillar 2: Leave a Legacy: Transforming Education into Activism
Pillar 3: Strengthen Inclusivity, Diversity and Belonging
Pillar 4: Act with Honesty, Integrity, Respect and Trust
The Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation, of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), seeks a dynamic candidate to serve as the director of the historic Surratt House Museum in Clinton, MD. The museum is part of the Natural and Historical Resources Division (NHRD) within the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). Supported by a wealth of primary sources, the Surrat House was built in 1852 as a middle-class farm house for the family of John and Mary Surratt. The historic Surratt House has national significance due to its role in dramatic events surrounding the Lincoln assassination conspiracy. More than a family home, the Surratt House also served as a tavern, public dining room, and hotel for traveling gentlemen. Outside, the house was the focal point of a 300-acre plantation. A livery stable and nearby blacksmith shop serviced travelers; and in 1854, a post office was added to the tavern, serving the new area of “Surrattsville.” With the advent of the Civil War, the tavern became a clandestine Confederate safe house. The site includes the historic house, Visitor Center, and the James O. Hall Research Center, a well-stocked research library, is available to those studying the Lincoln assassination. Included are microfilm holdings on the Lincoln Assassination Suspects file from the National Archives, Library of Congress materials, Provost Marshal’s files, Old Capitol Prison records, and more. Surratt House is on the National Register of Historic Places, is a Maryland Historical Trust (MHT) easement property, and county Historic Site.