10.21.2017

Ford's Theatre


Our second day of vacation was on Saturday, September 9th. Although the hurricane was still bound for Florida and we continued to worry and check the news on our iPhones throughout the day, we were determined to make the most of our time in Virginia and Washington D.C. On this day we rose early to pick up our lattes at Starbucks and purchase a few groceries at a nearby market to bring back to the hotel. After we finished putting our food away, we used an Uber to drive us into Washington D.C. Our first stop was Ford's Theatre, the site where President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth on April 14th, 1865. Lincoln would succumb to the wound the next morning across the street at the Petersen House.


The museum inside is self-paced. Lea and I quite enjoyed reading about Lincoln's presidency, the Civil War, and of course, his assassination at Ford's Theatre. The timeline of the hours leading up to the time he was shot was eerie. Lea and I stood in the exact spot where Booth stood to take aim at the president and we were inches away from where Lincoln sat while watching Our American Cousin.

For one reason or another, we didn't explore the Petersen House, but on this day we explored much of the Penn Quarter, as well as the neighborhood of Capitol Hill. We visited the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Capitol Building, and even got our first glimpse of the Library of Congress before we received a proper tour four days later on Wednesday. I'll talk more about these places in detail in another post.

After we left Ford's Theatre, we walked nearby for a bit to take in the new sights. We later went to Peet's Coffee & Tea to order pumpkin spice lattes. To be honest, we weren't that impressed with their coffee. After we drank our lattes and chatted about the day's itinerary, we called for an Uber to take us to Capitol Hill.


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