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Ford’s Theatre Walking Tours – Washington DC

History on Foot Walking Tours - March-August 2011


Ford’s Theatre Walking Tours – Washington DC

A Free Black Woman: Elizabeth Keckly

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During the spring and summer months, Ford's Theatre Society offers History on Foot walking tours, which are guided by actors playing characters from Civil War Washington. The tours begin outside of the historic Ford's Theatre at 511 10th Street NW and continue through downtown Washington, DC.

“Investigation: Detective McDevitt”
Written by Richard Hellesen; Directed by Mark Ramont. Learn about the investigation surrounding the Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy from someone who was there. Join Detective James McDevitt as he re-visits and re-examines the sites and clues surrounding the death of our nation’s 16th president. This tour lasts approximately two hours and makes at least eight stops. The distance walked is 1.4 miles from Ford’s Theatre to the White House. Tours start March 23 and are offered on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6:45 p.m. and on Saturdays at 10:15 a.m. in March, April, and May. For the months of June, July and August, tours are Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 6:45 p.m. Additional tours will be held April 15 at 10:15 a.m. and 6:45 p.m., July 2 at 10:15 a.m. and 6:45 p.m., and July 3 at 6:45 p.m.

“A Free Black Woman: Elizabeth Keckly”
Written by Jennifer L. Nelson; Directed by Patrick Torres. Join Elizabeth Keckly, who bought her freedom after 35 years of slavery and became First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln’s dressmaker and confidante. Listen as Elizabeth tells of her friendship with the Lincoln family, her work as a seamstress to Washington’s elite, and her dedication to helping former slaves make a new life in the nation’s capital. The tour lasts 90 minutes with a distance walked of approximately 1.5 miles. Tours are offered at 11:15 a.m. on Saturdays April 2, 9, 16, 23, May 7, 14, June 4 and 11; at 7:00 p.m. on May 21 and 28; and at 7:15 p.m. on June 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13, 20, and 27.


Tickets for Ford’s Theatre Walking Tours are $12 for individuals and $10 for groups of 20 or more. Individual tickets can be reserved through Ticketmaster at (202) 397-SEAT or by visiting www.fords.org. Groups of 20 or more may reserve tickets by calling (202) 638-2367.

Ford's Theatre

Ford's Theatre and the Ford's Theatre Museum reopened in 2009 after an 18-month renovation. A multimillion-dollar expansion is underway that will give visitors the opportunity to learn more about Abraham Lincoln's life and his presidency. The project will include the addition of a state-of-the-art Center for Education and Leadership directly across the street from the theater. Six buildings on both sides of 10th Street NW will be linked together to provide a modern museum.

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