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Ford's Theatre

On the night of April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot in Ford's Theatre by John Wilkes Booth. He died in the early hours of April 15, in the small back bedroom of a boarding house across the street. Lincoln, who had struggled through the Civil War to preserve the union, lived long enough to see it maintained but not long enough to help in healing the wounds left by the war.

The Theatre where Lincoln was shot and the house where he died, are preserved today as Ford's Theatre National Historic Site. It tells us of these events, reminds us of the troubling times this nation passed through, and encourages us to perpetuate the aspirations, hopes, and ideals that Lincoln held for the United States.
  • Ford's Theatre Modern front
    Plan Your Visit

    Explore Ford's Theatre NHS, discover Abraham Lincoln's life in Washington, D.C., and the motivation behind Lincoln's assassination.

  • Lincoln's Box

    In 1862, Ford renovated the theatre and performances began, setting in motion events to follow that would shake America to its core.

  • Abraham Lincoln

    In keeping with events celebrating the war's end, the Lincolns decided to attend a performance of Our American Cousin at Ford's Theatre.

Last updated: August 13, 2021