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Booth's Escape Route

In-Person Program

Weekend All-Day Tour

Sunday, October 15, 2023 - 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET
Code: 1CD021
Departs from the Holiday Inn Capitol at
550 C St SW (corner of 6th & C Sts)
No fringe stop on this tour
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Interior of Ford’s Theatre

Please Note: This program has a rescheduled date (originally September 23, 2023).

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 and fatally shot. Historian Michael Kauffman retraces Booth’s escape route and reveals the personalities and intrigues surrounding the Lincoln assassination.

Stops include Ford’s Theatre; the house near Clinton, Maryland, belonging to 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 Popes Creek Landing, near where Booth and co-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.

Kauffman is a political historian who has studied the Lincoln assassination for more than 30 years and testified as an expert witness in the 1995 Booth exhumation hearings.

Know Before You Go

  • The tour departs by motorcoach from downtown Washington, DC. Content delivered by the study leader on the way to the destination is an integral part of the study tour experience. Meeting the group once the tour is en route is discouraged.
  • Tour participants meet at and leave by bus from Holiday Inn Capitol, 550 C St., SW; no fringe stop.

General Information

  • Update: Registration for this tour will end by 2 p.m. ET on Friday, October 13, 2023.
  • Smithsonian is a mask-friendly environment. Masks are strongly recommended to be worn on buses at all times and may also be required at various indoor sites.
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