Before the kid and I traveled to Washington, DC in early June, I asked her what was on her DC travel bucket list. Her first spot- Ford’s Theater! It’s one thing to read about the assassination of President Lincoln, and quite another to see rich history come to life by visiting the two historical buildings that draw so many visitors each year.
The Stage at Lincoln’s Theater
After a nice 15 minute walk from The National Mall, we found ourselves on 10th ST and with timed tickets in our hands, we headed into Ford’s Theater. The theater was restored in 2009, and along with a museum filled with artifacts and information, each ticket is free of charge and includes the museum downstairs if you wish and a trip across the street to The Petersen House.
The Theater Box Where Lincoln was Assassinated
We learned of the events leading up to and surrounding the day of Lincoln’s assassination and how John Wilkes Booth was a well-known actor and one of the most famous men in Washington DC at that time. The kid sat quietly through the 20 minute presentation and I watched her take in the beauty of Ford’s Theater and its tragic story.
Standing on the Steps of The Petersen house
Our next stop was The Petersen House- the boarding house that Lincoln was carried to and watched over at until his death. The house is surreal and viewing the bed made my heart sink.
Lincoln’s Death Bed
It’s hard to believe that a man a great as Lincoln was placed in such a teeny bed and watched over by important men of state for eight hours before he passed.
Museum at The Petersen House that Shows How Wilkes Booth Hid From Officers
The boarding house leads into another museum with even more artifacts of the death of Lincoln and the hunt for Wilkes Booth. I found it incredible that the doctor that cared for Wilkes Booth’s injured leg was convicted and imprisoned for aiding and conspiring even though he claimed to have no idea who he was caring for. Wow, times have definitely changed!
It was a fabulous day taking in U.S. history and watching the kid love learning about Lincoln. I honestly don’t know what I found more interesting- learning about Lincoln or watching the kid learn about Lincoln.