Abraham Lincoln's Legacy Lives

April 14, 1865. President Lincoln is assassinated at Ford’s Theatre. Discover how a nation handled grief and loss, how everyday people experienced a national tragedy, and how we have remembered a fallen leader. Today, in partnership with Ford’s Theatre Society, live dramatic productions highlight Lincoln’s love of the theatre, and the power of stories to connect us to ourselves and our history.

Interior of the Theatre looking into the audience with presidential state box on the left.

Frequently Asked Questions

Explore Frequently Asked Questions on the assassination, John Wilkes Booth, Ford's Theatre, and the Petersen House.

Theatre Box with red carpet, wallpaper, and red upholstered Victorian furniture.

Tour the State Box and Stage at Ford's

Join Ranger Eric for a video walkthrough of the events of the Lincoln assassination inside the state box and on the stage at Ford's Theatre.

Crowds gathered on the steps of the Capitol with Lincoln at center delivering his inaugural address

Inaugurations and Inaugurals

Explore the stories of the Lincoln inaugurations. Check out our newest article on Lincoln's powerful and eloquent second Inaugural speech.

Ranger Reading a Book at Ford's Theatre

Story Time Videos

Check out some videos of Park Rangers reading aloud selected children’s books all about the life and legacy of Abraham Lincoln.

Tour beginning at the entrance to the Theatre

Plan Your Visit

Plan your visit to Ford's Theatre National Historic Site, the Ford's Museum, and the Petersen House.

1865 black & white photo of Ford's Theatre and nearby buildings draped in mourning banners.

Learn about Ford's Theatre

Learn about the people, places, stories, and the museum collection at Ford's Theatre National Historic site.

Last updated: October 28, 2021

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