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Booth's Escape Route

In-person Program

Weekend All-Day Tour

Saturday, June 25, 2022 - 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET
Code: 1CD012
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$150 - Member
$200 - Non-Member
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Materials for this program

  1. COVID Guidance for In-Person Tours

The room Booth stayed in while at Dr. Mudd’s farm house (Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House Museum)

Please Note: The tour departs by motorcoach from downtown Washington, DC with a designated secondary pick-up outside the city. Content delivered by the study leader on the way to the destination, after the secondary pick-up, is an integral part of the study tour experience. Meeting the group once the tour is en route is discouraged.

Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required for participation on all tours; additionally, current CDC and Smithsonian COVID-19 guidelines (at the time of the tour) will be followed, including but not limited to masks on the bus and indoors.

Fleeing Ford’s Theater on the night of April 14, 1865, John Wilkes Booth traveled through Maryland into Virginia, where, a few days later, he was found, shot, and died of his wounds. Civil War historian Gregg Clemmer retraces Booth’s escape route and reveals the personalities and intrigues surrounding the Lincoln assassination.

Stops include Ford’s; the house near Clinton, Maryland, of Mary Surratt, who was hanged for her involvement in the plot; and the house of Dr. Samuel A. Mudd, who set Booth’s broken leg.

Enjoy a seafood lunch at Captain Billy’s Crab House at Pope’s Creek Landing, near where Booth and conspirator David Edgar Herold crossed the Potomac. In Virginia, visit sites where they contacted local sympathizers and where Booth was captured and died.

Lunch is late; participants may wish to bring a snack and beverage.

General Information

  • Registration for this tour will end by 2 p.m. ET on Friday, June 24, 2022.
  • The tour meets at and leaves by bus from the Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C St., SW; no fringe stop.
  • For additional tour information:
Departs from the Holiday Inn Capitol at
550 C St SW (corner of 6th & C Sts)
No fringe stop on this tour