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"John Wilkes Booth Hid Here" Bel Alton by grandmaR

Bel Alton Travel Guide: 1 reviews and 6 photos

Bel Alton is a rural town in Maryland on Crain Highway/Route 301. It is just 5 miles South of La Plata Maryland and 8 miles North of the Gov. Harry W. Nice Bridge aka the Potomac River Bridge. There is a popular "bikers'" tavern, and other small businesses along U.S. Highway 301 catering to local residents and interstate travelers. The former Bel Alton African American high school building is now used for community activities. Before 1891 Bel Alton was known as Cox's Station after a local resident.

A series of interpretive signs on a side road mark various spots where, in April 1865, John Wilkes Booth stopped to hide during his flight south after shooting President Abraham Lincoln.

  • Last visit to Bel Alton: Sep 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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