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January 2, 2011
From journal Off The Beaten Path Around Washington, DC
May 31, 2010
From journal Washington, D.C., September 2009
February 8, 2010
Lake Forest, California
November 20, 2006
From journal Washington, D.C.
by Amber Autumn
May 11, 2005
Abraham Lincoln dreamed that he saw people crying, and when asked why, one man said that the president was dead. In this dream, he predicted his own assassination. I thought Lincoln died in Ford's Theater, but he actually died in a house across the street called the Peterson House. I sat through a presentation by a woman who said it was the day before Lincoln was assassinated, and that tomorrow they would have shows throughout the day.
Below the theater, after the dramatic occurrences, a museum was filled with the conspirators and the drape where John Wilkes Booth's heel was caught. Booth was the major actor, and like all actors, he knew where the back door was to escape out of. Even when he jumped off the balcony, injuring himself, he escaped. Lincoln was carried to a house across the street. A day later, Lincoln died in the house.
Down the street from the house is a Planet Hollywood and the FBI building, where you get haggled by vendors to buy their FBI sweatshirts and hats.
From journal Sightseeing in the Nation's Capitol
June 11, 2003
I wasn’t sure what to expect; I guess I expected it to look like every other theater I’ve gone to in London or New York. In some ways it does, but I was totally surprised by the seats. They are wooden chairs with cushions tied on to make them more comfortable. Your program will be on your seat when you arrive, escorted by one of the ushers. You feel like quite a privileged guest.
By sheer dumb luck, I had ordered what the usher told me were the best seats in the house. I ordered our tickets online. We had two seats that were isolated by a metal railing from the rest of the audience. We had totally unobstructed viewing and more leg room than I can ever remember having. The rows are well-spaced, and they are raised enough to give everyone an excellent view. The acoustics in this venue are fantastic probably because it is relatively small.
The main reason I wanted to visit Ford’s Theatre had nothing to do with 1776 but was, of course, because of its historic significance. It was here in April of 1865 during a performance of My American Cousin that John Wilkes Booth fatally wounded Abraham Lincoln. He was removed across the street to Petersen House, where he died. John Wilkes Booth jump from the presidential box to the stage and escaped, although he had broken his leg.
The box is still there, draped in the American flag, and it is a formidable drop to the stage. The usher assured me that the stage has been raised since those days, so it was even a further drop in 1865. No one uses the boxes in the theater on either side these days. The occupants of the front row of the balcony on the right side, however, were able to lean over and look directly into President Lincoln's box.
Ford’s Theatre is located right next door to the Hard Rock Café, so if you are a fan, it makes a great before or after theater stop. I would highly recommend that you take a cab to the theater, as this is (as one of my guidebooks describes it) "a dicey neighborhood". Street construction has made it even more so.
I would have liked to visit Petersen House as well, but it is closed for renovation at this time. There are no productions playing at the theatre during the summer months. They will begin again in the fall, and you can check their website for upcoming productions.
From journal Iz and Irene in DC
Little Rock,, Arkansas
July 23, 2001
From journal Let's Lobby Washington