History of Ford's Theatre
In February 1863 Ford laid the cornerstone for the new building at its current location on 10th Street. Performances commenced later that year and ran until April 14, 1865. This was the evening the President and Mrs. Lincoln attended a show at the theatre when the president was fatally shot by Booth.
|President and Mrs. Lincoln were at a showing of "Our American Cousin" at Ford's Theatre the night the president was assassinated|
Establishing a historical site
|Today the interior of the theatre has been restored to how it looked on April 14, 1865, this is the box the President and Mrs. Lincoln were sitting in|
Planning a Ford's Theatre visit
|After he was shot, President Lincoln was brought across the street to a boarding house. This is the home in which he died, now known as the "Petersen House"|