Today (4/27/13), I will be on the John Wilkes Booth Escape Route Tour put on by the Surratt House museum. I’ve decided to try my hands at “live blogging” the tour, which essentially means I will be adding pictures to this post throughout the day as we visit the different places. If there are any particular things you would like a picture of, comment below and I’ll be happy to oblige. I’m hoping my phone won’t run out of battery with all the picture taking and uploading, but it might happen. So if the tour just ends for awhile, you’ll know why. Check back periodically today for updates!
Here we go:
6:22 am: I am on my way to Surratt House early to await and facilitate the tour participants’ check in.
Two of the large bookshelves that line an office at the Surratt House Museum. If you need a book on the assassination, odds are the Surratt House gift shop has it.
The bus has left Surratt House filled with the tour group and our esteemed tour guide, John Howard, sets the scene as we drive into DC.
We’re outside of Ford’s Theatre listening to Ranger Eric Martin give a speech about the history of the Theatre.
Inside the Ford’s Theatre Museum.
In the theatre of Ford’s listening to Ranger Eric Martin give the account of the assassination and peering into the presidential box.
A quick walk through of Petersen House. I was helping some tour participants through so I didn’t take any pictures inside.
Drive bys of Baptist Alley, the route Booth took out of Ford’s, and the former site of the Herndon House, where Lewis Powell stayed.
Drive by of the Surratt boarding house in D.C.
Drive by of David Herold’s possible house in the Navy Yard and taking the bridge that runs parallel to the former Navy Yard bridge.
The approximate location of Sopher’s hill where Booth and Davy met up after fleeing DC separately.
At the Mary Surratt House Museum in Clinton, MD, the organizers of this and countless other BERTs.
Surratt House employee Kyle Mongan about to give a tour. No pictures of the inside of the house because I’m spending our time at Surratt charging my phone battery in my car otherwise I won’t make it much past Mudd’s.
The small crossroad town of T.B. through which Booth and Herold rode through after leaving the Surratt Tavern.
Farm of George Gardiner, next door neighbor of Dr. Mudd’s, from whom Booth bought a horse blind in one eye.
The Dr. Mudd House Museum in Waldorf, MD.
Drive by of Bryantown Tavern, where Dr. Mudd came and learned of Lincoln’s assassination on April 15th while Booth was at his home.
Drive by of Mudd’s grave at St. Mary’s church, where Mudd met Booth in 1864.
Drive by of Rich Hill, the home of Samuel Cox.
Drive by of the pine thicket where Booth and Herold were hid by Thomas Jones.
Time for lunch at Captain Billy’s. I’ll see you after.
After a short delay due to a broken broiler at Captain Billy’s, we’ve made it to Loyola Retreat, the location of where Booth and Herold set across the Potomac.
End of part 1. See part 2: http://boothiebarn.com/2013/04/27/live-blogging-john-wilkes-booth-escape-route-tour-part-2/