John Wilkes Booth Escape Route Tour
We are the only company that delivers a private John Wilkes Booth Escape Route Tour! Your guide is a Lincoln Assassination historian and expert on all of Booth and Herold’s haunts along their flight path. This is an intimate tour for up to six of your friends or family. This experiential tour for is a must for Lincoln assassination buffs or those with an interest in Civil War history. Experience the full story!
Chase John Wilkes Booth and his accomplice David Herold as they attempt to escape the Federal Army. Begin at Ford’s Theatre, the site of Lincoln’s assassination. Next it’s onto The Surratt Tavern, where Booth and Herold picked up their “shooting irons” on their way south. Explore Dr. Samuel Mudd’s Home where Dr. Mudd set Booth’s leg. Next it’s onto St. Mary’s Church and Graveyard where Booth met Mudd six months before the assassination and where Dr. Mudd is buried. As time allows, the Pine Thicket, Rich Hill, and the Thomas Jones Home will be visited.
Fun Fact!: John T. Ford, the owner of Ford’s Theater, was forced to close his theatre during the investigation after the assassination of Lincoln. He had plans to reopen in July 1865, but received threats of arson if he were to reopen. Many people, angry over the President’s assassination, wanted to burn the theatre down. Edwin Stanton, Secretary of War at the time, placed a 24-hour watch on the building to ensure it wasn’t burned.
Due to distance between waypoints of the Booth Escape Tour, the length of the tour averages 8 ½ hours.