Washington, DC 20004
The evening of April 14, 1865, has forever been marked with tragedy. On that night, our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, was assassinated in Ford’s Theatre by actor John Wilkes Booth. Just days after General Lee’s Confederate troops surrendered at Appomattox, VA, a time of hope and peace in Washington and around the country turned to a period of mourning that America had never seen before.
The theater itself is still in operation, though renovations may close access to the public. The Petersen House, where Lincoln was brought after being shot, is open daily for free self-guided tours.