Cleydael, the 152-year-old house where Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth sought and was refused medical help, is in foreclosure and is scheduled for auction on Oct. 7 at 11 a.m. at the site. The 3,000-square-foot house, located near Fredericksburg, was most recently owned by television and movie consultant Kathryn Coombs, who rented the house for period movies. She died in January without a will.
On April 23, 1865, Booth and a companion came to Cleydael, then the home of Richard Stuart home and asked the doctor to look at his injured ankle. Stuart, who was aware of the assassination of Lincoln, grew suspicious of his guests and only offered them dinner before having them leave.
The house, which is listed in the Virginia and national register of historic places, comes with 12 acres. Motley's Auction & Realty group is handling the sale.
Several recent books on Booth as well as popular bus tours that follow his escape route from Washington have renewed interest in Cleydael as well as other places where Booth sought assistance as he fled law enforcement. The home of Dr. Samuel Mudd, who gave Booth medical attention, is now a museum and is open to the public. Coombs, who bought Cleydael in 2006, allowed bus tours to visit her property.