Unique Things to Do in DC | Ford's Theater and Lincoln's Legacy

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Most iconic history person studied in American history, and you've seen a $5 bill, chances are you've already seen this guy's picture: 

President Abraham Lincoln

He's Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States of America from 1861 to 1865. He led the US through the Civil War, preserved the Union, and is notable for abolishing slavery and modernizing the U.S. economy. 

With his notable works and achievements as a president, he will come down as one of the icons of the American Government, gaining recognition throughout the world. The Lincoln Memorial will then be built for him in 1922, 57 years after his death.

Speaking of his death, he died on April 15, 1865, at the hands of John Wilkes Booth. He was assassinated at the, you guessed it, the Ford's Theater in Washington, DC, which is the National Historic Site that we're going to talk about today.

The Ford's Theater was a house of worship that was built in 1833, which was bought by John T. Ford, which gave its name we know today. On April 14, 1865, the night before Lincoln's death, Abe attended a play called Our American Cousin at the Ford's Theater and was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth at 10:15 PM. Lincoln was then transferred to the Petersen House, just right across the theater, which he died a few hours later.

With the said event, the Ford's Theater is now considered as a National Historic Site in 1932 alongside the Petersen House. To this day, visitors are welcome to visit the Ford's Theater, from Wednesdays to Mondays, with showings from 9 AM to 4 PM.

To check for reservation and museum schedules, and for more details, you may visit the Ford's Theater Website.

Address: 511 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20004

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Do you know other historic places or events that we should cover? Let us know in the comments below! 

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