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Fords Theatre National Historic Site
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America's transfer from civil war to peace was made more difficult on April 14, 1865, when Abraham Lincoln was shot and killed, just five days after General Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House. A well-known actor, John Wilkes Booth, desperate to aid the dying Confederacy, stepped into the president's box. Booth's decision to pull the trigger altered the nation's power to reconstruct after the war. Booth escaped into the night as Abraham Lincoln was carried to the Petersen boarding house across the street. It was there that President Lincoln died early the next morning, and became the first American president to be assassinated.

Explore Ford's Theatre National Historic Site and discover some of the motivations behind this tragic act and its impact on a nation trying to heal.

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Getting There

PlaneBWI, Dulles, and National Airports serve the Washington, DC metro area. National Airport is the closest and is served by Metrorail.

CarParking is severly limited in the downtown area. Ford's Theatre is located near the intersection of 10th and E Streets in the northwest section of the city. It is a block north of the FBI building on Pennsylvania Avenue.

If you choose to bring your car, you can arrive in Washington, DC in the following ways:

From the west: take Interstate 66, Route 50 or 29

From the north: take Interstate 495, New York Avenue, Rock Creek Parkway, George Washington Memorial Parkway, or the Cabin John Parkway

From the east: take Routes 50, 1, or 4

From the south: take Interstate 66 or 395

BusTenth Street NW is open and the sidewalk, crosswalk and street lights improvements are almost done. Tour buses and tour groups should use the designated pick-up and drop-off areas on the west side of 10th Street NW for all loading and unloading of visitors. No loading or unloading of visitors is permitted on E Street between 9th and 10th Streets NW.

Please visit the D.C. Department of Transportation website for Tour Bus parking information at:

Public TransportationMetro buses and rail service the area. The closest Metro Rail station is Metro Center at 11th and G Streets. Taxi service is also available.

For Metro information and schedules, please see their web site at or call (202) 637-7000.

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