• Interior Water Color of Ford's Theatre

    Ford's Theatre

    National Historic Site District of Columbia

Abraham Lincoln's legacy lives...

Explore Ford's Theatre NHS, discover Abraham Lincoln's life in Washington DC, the struggle for a united country, and the motivation behind Lincoln's Assassination.The National Park Service presents a variety of programs year round. For programs and other important dates that may affect your visit please go to "schedule of events".



Did You Know?

Fords Theatre

John T. Ford purchased the building for his theatre in 1861, converting it from a church. After a fire on December 30, 1862, Ford rebuilt the theatre, which he ran successfully until Lincoln’s assassination took place on April 14, 1865. 495 performances were staged at Ford’s Theatre from 1863-1865.