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"Ford's Theater" Ford's Theatre - Petersen House Tip by mattreider

Ford's theater is still selling tickets for various theater acts, although it's "Christmas Carol" is a yearly standard.

According to the website, "On the evening of April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln, his wife and two guests attended Our American Cousin . That night, John Wilkes Booth fired a shot that plunged the nation into mourning and a Theatre into darkness. John Ford tried to reopen the Theatre but threats of arson closed its doors. The government bought the Theatre in 1866 and over the next 90 years it was an office building, warehouse and museum."

Now it's a theater and a national historic site, with various memorials and momentos from the assasination of Lincoln, including the booth where he was shot.

Anyway, it's a good place to visit, as no tickets are needed, and there is a good does of history and mystery involved. It is right next to the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro stop.

Address: 511 10th St. NW
Directions: Around the corner from the Harrington Hotel, and it's around the corner from the FBI building.
Phone: (202) 347-4833

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  • Written Nov 7, 2005
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