A VBH Itinerary: Abraham Lincoln Assassin, John Wilkes Booth
John Wilkes Booth strongly opposed the abolition of slavery and assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theater (Washington DC) April 14, 1865. Ford’s Theater offers guided tours.
John Wilkes Booth then fled to Southern Maryland. One of those stops was Surratt’s Tavern where there were guns and ammunition stored.
Surratt’s House is now a house museum owned by the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission. It is a house museum that offers tours.
At some point (historians contend exactly how) Booth injured his leg. He received medical attention in Charles County Maryland at the home of Dr. Samuel Mudd. Dr. Mudd also believed in slavery. Dr. Samuel Mudd House Museum is also open to the public for tours.
Pictured is a Virginia Conservation & Development Commission sign installed in 1928. Two miles south of this marker (route 301. Port Royal Green, VA) John Wilkes Booth was killed by Union troops on April 26, 1865.
Curious to know how the stories of these staunch pro-slavery supporters are interpreted at the named historic sites. Have you visited the mentioned spaces? How do you feel about the way history was interpreted at this site