"Ford's Theatre" Ford's Theatre - Petersen House Tip by Tom_Fields

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  • Ford's Theatre - Washington D.C.
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  • The inside, with Lincoln's box to the right - Washington D.C.
      The inside, with Lincoln's box to the right
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  • Where President Lincoln sat - Washington D.C.
      Where President Lincoln sat
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This is where President Abraham Lincoln was assasinated on April 14, 1865, just after the end of the Civil War. John Wilkes Booth, a bitter Confederate sympathizer, carried out the murder during the play "Our American Cousin".

The box where Lincoln and his wife Mary sat is preserved as a memorial. The entire theater looks as it did on that night which traumatized the nation. Across the street is the Petersen house, where the stricken President was taken after the shooting. He died there shortly afterward.

To this day, this is still a working theater. It also has a small museum downstairs. Osborn Oldroyd, an expert on Lincoln, collected many of the historic artifacts displayed here.

Address: 511 10th St. NW
Directions: Around the corner from the Harrington Hotel, and it's around the corner from the FBI building.
othercontact: http://www.nps.gov/foth/index.ht
Phone: (202) 347-4833
Website: http://www.fordstheatre.org

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