Behold the theater where on April 14, 1865 Booth, a well-known actor, carried out an assassination of the 16th President, Abraham Lincoln. Booth slipped into the box to fire a shot into the back of Lincoln’s head and leapt onto the stage to shout, “Sic semper tyrannis” which means “Thus ever to tyrants.”
The alley behind Ford’s Theater was a part of Booth’s escape route. After leaping onto the stage, Booth exited the building from a small stage door, mounted his horse and galloped away down the alley.
Before the performance, Booth invited several of Ford’s employees out for a drink at the Star Saloon. Afterwards, he practiced the route to the theater that he would use in the assassination.
Peterson Boarding House
Soldiers carried the President across the street to the Peterson Boarding House where he drew his last breath. After Lincoln was pronounced dead at 7:22 AM, the Secretary of War Edwin Stanton proclaimed, “Now he belongs to the ages.”
After his death, the president was placed in a coffin draped with a flag and escorted by armed cavalry to the White House. A public viewing in the White House and Capitol was followed by a 13-day train journey to his home in Illinois.
Assassin Lewis Powell invaded the now demolished Rodgers House in Lafayette Square and repeatedly stabbed Secretary of State William Seward in the face. Seward survived the attack.
The Grover’s National Theater invited the Lincolns to a performance of Aladdin on Friday, April 14, 1865. The Lincolns declined and instead attended Ford’s Theater’s performance of Our American Cousin.
U.S. Treasury Building
After the assassination of Lincoln, the Treasury provided a temporary office used by President Andrew Johnson.
The Fine Print
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National Mall Tour Details
Meet us in the middle of Lafayette Square at the statue of Andrew Jackson. The square is located on the north side of the White House at approximately 1600 H Street NW.
Our walking tour lasts approximately 2 hours.
$29.50 for Adults
$10.00 for Children (under 12)
The closest metro station is McPherson Square on the Orange/Silver/Blue line. Metro’s Trip Planner website will help you navigate your ride.
Reservations are required. Sign up for a tour using our calendar.
“Full of fun and information. Incredible tour. Tour guide was very informative and thorough. A real student of history. More than just cursory information at each stop. Kept the kids engaged.”Annoymous, Trip Advisor