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Booth’s Escape Route
All-Day Tour

Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Code: 1ND033
The room Booth stayed in while at Dr. Mudd’s farm house (Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House Museum)

Fleeing Ford’s Theatre 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 historians Ed Bearss and Gregg Clemmer retrace Booth’s escape route and reveals the personalities and intrigues surrounding the Lincoln assassination.

Stops include Ford’s Theatre; 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.

Departs from the Holiday Inn Capitol at
550 C St SW (corner of 6th & C Sts)
No fringe stop on this tour