On April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was shot at Ford's Theater and was brought to this boarding house across the street. ... More
On April 14, 1865, Abraham Lincoln was shot at Ford's Theater and was brought to this boarding house across the street. Doctors attended to him throughout the night, but he died early the next morning. The house, now a National Historic Site, is open for visitors. It belonged to a tailor, William Petersen. The front and back parlors, as well as the bedroom where Lincoln died, have been restored to their Civil War-era appearance. Though most of the furnishings are not original, the bloodstained pillow and pillowcases are the ones used by Lincoln on that fateful night. A visit here is a solemn affair. Admission is free.
I loved every part of this tour and the Peterson House. The museum at the theatre is awesome and well done. As my husband and I enetered the room where Pres Lincoln died we could feel the hair stand up on our arms. It was so sereal. We both love history and enjoyed it immensely. Highly recommend. We went Labor day weekend. No crowds. It was a fabulous time to go.
I enjoyed the Petersen house very much. I felt like I was a part of history standing in the bedroom and parlor. I could imagine the horror and chaos of the time Lincoln lay dying.This is where a great man of history spent his last few hours on earth. It was touching to think of the people waiting in the parlor to hear news of Lincoln.
I like to learn about history and I think this site had a huge impact on my life experience.
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