Venue Details

237 Star Starred
Ford's Theatre
at E St NW 511 Tenth Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20004
202-347-4833
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Member Tips

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Wear walking shoes, it is an easy walk but you are walking and standing for 2 hours.
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Goldstar Member
If it's hot, get some fro-yo before you start - you'll be outside for a bit.
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Goldstar Member
Totally Metro Accessible.
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John9840600
Snacks, drinks available at Ford'sTheatre before tour begins and where you check in.
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John9840600
Easy on street parking on Saturday night before tour
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Goldstar Member
There are no bathroom breaks during the walking tour - so do not drink that much before it starts.
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Reviews & Ratings

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4.6 average rating
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96 events
55 reviews
70 stars
attended Apr 29 2010

This is a really wonderful experience. The tour guide playing Det McDervitt really knew his history and he really got into his character. We all remarked how much we... continued

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62 events
47 reviews
10 stars
attended Jul 20 2013

This was an excellent presentation! Well-paced, well-presented and fascinating. We were surprised by how many people there were especially given the weather (about 30),... continued

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Vince Careatti Red Velvet
40 events
25 reviews
31 stars
attended Apr 18 2012

I've been in Washington since 1960 and I thought I knew a lot about the history and historical sight. Boy was I wrong. I learned so much...Why a hooker is called a... continued

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Website

http://www.fordstheatre.org/home/performances-events/history-foot-...

Description

On the night of April 14, 1865, Detective John McDevitt was on duty at the Washington Metropolitan Police headquarters at the corner of 10th and E Streets. Just before 10:30pm, frantic witnesses rushed in with news: President Lincoln had been shot at Ford’s Theatre. Before long, other rumors swept the streets: the Secretary of State, the Vice-President, General Grant were all dead…Southern prisoners had been freed…Confederate cavalry were converging on the city. This tour will look at the Lincoln assassination conspiracy and separate fact from fiction.

History on Foot lasts approximately two hours and makes at least eight stops throughout the story. The tour does not actually go inside the theater. The distance walked is approximately 1.4 miles, an easy walk to follow one of the most exciting nights in American history.