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Ford's Theatre

511 10th Street North West, Washington, DC 20004-1402
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  • Ford's TheatrePro 2014
    Bailey Klentzman
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    5 Apr 22, 2014

    I'm a history buff, so I love this historic theatre. This is where Lincoln was shot while watching a play. Very important piece of US history. The theatre is beautiful.

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    Charlotte P
    5 Mar 25, 2014

    Ford's Theater is a historic theater in Washington, D.C., used for various stage performances beginning in the 1860s. It is also the site of the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865.

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    Jason Planck
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    5 Feb 20, 2014

    This is one the National Park units. This where John Wilkes Booth shot President Lincoln and across the street is where he died. Both historical sites have an elevator now so it is now accessible. No disability parking in the area. You will need about 2 hours to view everything.

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    Becky Mahan
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    5 Oct 28, 2013

    My favorite place out of the entire week I spent in D.C. This theater is where Abraham Lincoln was shot, and you can not only tour it, but you can see the balcony where President Lincoln sat, the door where John Wilkes Booth snuck through, and the gun he used. The corridor leading up the balcony is sealed off, but rumors of ghostly footsteps echo down the stairs as you descend the theater basement for a mini museum. It's an intriguing experience, and I'd love to go back.

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    5 Oct 23, 2013

    Catch the evening performance at historic Ford's Theatre, the site of Lincoln's assassination - although the theater will close during the day, the show must go on at night, even in the midst of a government crisis.

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    5 Sep 27, 2013

    I've seen the inside of Ford's Theatre so many times in films and books, but to see it in real life is such a treat. It's like stepping into a dream. And you can even get in for free!

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    John Abdou
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    4 Dec 26, 2012

    Nice to visit here and see the history behind it. Pretty powerful to see where Lincoln was shot. They've done a great job of preserving the place.

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    Sheila Ward-Shaw
    5 Jul 08, 2012

    You must visit here the site of the assassination of President Lincoln to glimpse a view of American history.

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    Kelly G.
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    3 Jul 05, 2012

    Ford's Theatre was interesting, but I was in a food coma and dozed (to the embarrassment [and thus endless taunting fodder] of my boyfriend).

    We did just the tour of the theater where a park ranger spoke about the events of Lincoln's assassination. I still found the stories interesting, a one time stop in DC for sure!

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    Anecia Price
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    Visiting Fords is like taking a step back in time. History comes alive from the moment you step through the door! The museum downstairs lets you get up close and personal and has everything on display from the pillow Lincoln bled and died on to the tassels that hung from his coffin. They even have John Wilks Booths' own diary, compass and the derringer pistol that changed history as we know it!

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    Leigh Virkus
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    4 Jul 05, 2012

    To think that this is the place that President Lincoln was assassinated really brings history to life. Even if you are not a big fan of history I think you owe to yourself to visit this site.

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    Pebsmom
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    One of the thrills of my visit to Washington. The Park Rangers who tell the story of that night make you feel as though you are living it. The museum downstairs has Lincoln's coat, shirt, the door to his Presidential box, the gun used by Boothe, the bullet recovered from his brain and many other items. This was of the many historic places that made me cry in Washington.

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    Ross S
    5 Jan 20, 2014

    Into Arts and performances? Want to see where Abraham Lincoln was shot?

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    5 Aug 22, 2013
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    3 Sep 26, 2012
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    Christi Haines
    4 Sep 03, 2012

    People sure did need a lot less space at the theater back then... such small chairs.

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    5 Jun 26, 2012
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    3 Jan 29, 2012
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4.0 out of 5
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Description

It has the unfortunate distinction of being the site of one of America’s most famous assassinations. This historic theatre, where Abraham Lincoln had his fatal run-in with stage actor John Wilkes Booth, has been renovated a number of times since that fateful day in US history. Today, you can again watch one of many stage performances throughout the year. You can visit the Ford’s Theatre Museum ... read more
which has an interesting collection of Lincoln’s possessions and other memorabilia, including the Derringer pistol Booth used to carry out the shooting and the blood stained pillow on which the 16th president died. The nearby Petersen House, where Lincoln passed has been refurbished to look as it did April 14, 1865.

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