Liz’s favourite: Ford’s Theatre
This was by far the most informative, interesting and easy-to-follow museum I’ve visited in a while. Famous as a theatre, museum and the site of President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865, there’s certainly plenty to see.
The theatre itself is still home to regular performances, however if you’re not lucky enough to be ‘in town’ when there’s a production on, you can still take a self-guided tour of the theatre and see the Presidential Box where Abraham Lincoln was shot.
The exhibit about President Lincoln is fascinating – learn of the promises he made to the people of the USA, the events that led up to the fatal shooting on 14th April 1865 and see the actual gun that John Wilkes Booth used in the assassination.
Once you’ve toured the museum, visit Peterson House across the road – this is actually where the President died the morning after he was shot. As he was unable to make it back to the White House, he was transported to a spare back bedroom in this former boarding house and you can view the actual bedroom where he died. Within this house there’s a museum and exhibits which tell how John Wilkes Booth and his conspirators were tracked down, captured and trialed.
At just $3 per ticket, this is great value for money and definitely gets my vote!
COMING TOMORROW: A photo gallery of our tour!