Exploring Lincoln’s Final Days
- 2 Hour Private Walking Tour
- Retrace the footsteps and hear the surprising story of one of the nation’s most notorious presidential assassins
- See the house where John Wilkes Booth and his conspirators plotted to assassinate the 16th President of the United States
- Enter the National Portrait Gallery to view artifacts relevant to the lives and demise of both Booth and Lincoln
- View the city in its dwindling civil war state, with your local guide recreating the scene of mid-19th-century Washington, D.C.
- Stop outside the historic theatre venue famed for both its plays pre-dating the fateful evening of Lincoln’s assassination that took place within its walls
Inclusions: Local English-speaking guide
Exclusions: Souvenirs, tips and gratuities for the guide
Booth and Lincoln. Most familiar with these names will know of their once and fatal meeting, but what about the events leading up to the untimely death of the 16th U.S. president?
On this walking tour, we’ll count down the moments preceding Abraham Lincoln’s demise and the improvised actions of our actor-turned-assassin.
We’ll set the scene of mid-19th-century D.C. at the Navy Memorial, where your guide will recreate the city as John Wilkes Booth saw it, the nation’s capital in the throes of civil unrest. The clock truly starts ticking outside a preserved boarding house, the secret meeting place of the Confederate conspirators.
By the time we arrive in front of Ford’s Theatre, you’ll start to get a fuller picture of the moments leading up to the final act that played out here in this historic venue.
Here, we’ll reflect on the paths taken by these two legendary figures and the legacy this short yet momentous period of time left on the American psyche and political stage.