Lincoln 1860

Lincoln 1860

Monday, August 18, 2008

Investigating Lincoln's Murder

In Washington, D.C. this summer, a new walking tour has begun in which the investigation of Lincoln's assassination is re-created. Beginning at Ford's Theater, the site of the shooting, an actor leads tour participants in a 90-minute walk during which people are encouraged to look for clues in hunting the assassin. Stops along the way include the alley behind the theater in which John Wilkes Booth mounted his horse during his escape; sites of hotels and houses that Booth was known to frequent; and the site of the Kirkwood House, where vice-president Andrew Johnson lived and who was once a target of the assassination plot.

The tour ends at the White House, where the final results of the investigation are revealed, including the hangings of four co-conspirators of Booth.

Actor Kip Pierson portrays Detective James McDevitt, a real-life Washington police officer who was on duty the night of the assassination. The tour costs $12.00 a person and will be on Wednesdays August 20 and 27 at 7:00 p.m. Beginning on September 13, the tours will be on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m. The last tour of the season will be on October 25. Contact Ford's Theater at 202-638-2367 or by visiting the Ford's Theater website.


Anonymous said...

Wow, that sounds like it would be really interesting. Why haven't they done this before.

Anonymous said...

Revamped Ford's Theatre to open for Lincoln bicentennial
By Michael E. Ruane
Washington Post / August 17, 2008

I saw this article in the Boston Globe and immediately thought of you. It's gratifying to see some recognition of Lincoln's bicentennial, expecially after disappointment of Illinois.

You do an excellent job on your blog.

Geoff Elliott said...

Yes, this walk does sound very interesting indeed. I've not been to Washington for a few years now and this might be enough incentive to get me to go next year. I'd love to see the "new" Ford's Theater once it's reopen, too.

Thanks to "anonymous" for the kind words about the blog. I try to have a good mix of postings on here, ranging from serious and educational to whimsical. So far, most readers are very complimentary to me, and it's gratifying to me.

Unknown said...

In Redford's movie. Why were their shoes removed before they hung them?

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