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Washington DC History on Foot walking tours

Ford's Theatre, Washington D.C.

Ford's Theatre, Washington D.C.

Ford’s Theatre Society announced the spring and summer 2010 schedule for its popular "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 (511 10th Street NW) and continue through downtown Washington, D.C. Beginning March 24, 2010, Ford’s will offer the assassination conspiracy walking tour “Investigation: Detective McDevitt,” including two tours on April 15, the anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination. The popular “A Free Black Woman: Elizabeth Keckly” tour will begin April 3, 2010, and continue through August.

“Investigation: Detective McDevitt“ written by Richard Hellesen; directed by Mark Ramont

Join Detective James McDevitt as he revisits and reexamines the sites and clues from the investigation into the Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy. This tour lasts approximately 2 hours and makes at least eight stops. The distance walked is approximately 1.4 miles from Ford’s Theatre to the White House.

Tours are offered at 6:30 p.m. on March 24, 31, April 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29, May 1, 5, 6, 8, 12, 13, 15, 19, 20, 22, 26, 27, 29, June 2, 9, 11, 12, 16, 18, 19, 23, 25, 26, 30, July 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 14,16, 17, 21, 23, 24, 28, 30, 31, August 4, 6, 7, 11, 13, 14, 18, 20, 21, 25, 27 and 28; and at 10:15 a.m. on March 27, April 3, 10, 15, 17, 24, May 22 and July 3. March and April tour dates are currently on sale at Tour dates for May-August 2010 will become available in March.

“A Free Black Woman: Elizabeth Keckly” written by Jennifer L. Nelson; directed by Patrick Torres

Join Elizabeth Keckly, free black woman and confidante to First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln, as she tells the story of her friendship with the Lincoln family and of her efforts to help former slaves find their way in newly free Washington City. This tour lasts approximately 90 minutes and the distance walked is about 1.5 miles. Tours are offered at 11:15 a.m. on Saturdays April 3, 10, 17 and 24, May 1, 15, 22 and 29.  Tours are at 7 p.m. on Saturdays June 12, 19 and 26, July 10, 17, 24 and 31, August 7, 14, 21 and 28. Tickets for the Elizabeth Keckly walking tour are available for sale at


Tickets for History on Foot are $12 for individuals and $10 for groups of 20 or more. Once tickets go on sale, individual tickets can be reserved through Ticketmaster at (202) 397-SEAT or by visiting Groups of 20 or more may reserve tickets by calling (202) 638-2367.

Ford’s Theatre Society

Since it reopened its doors in 1968, more than a hundred years after the April 14, 1865, assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, Ford’s Theatre has been one of the most visited sites in the nation’s capital. Ford’s Theatre has enthralled visitors because of its unique place in United States history, and its mission to celebrate the legacy of Abraham Lincoln and explore the American experience through theatre and education. For its accomplishments, the organization was honored in 2008 with the National Medal of Arts, the highest award given by the U.S. government to artists, arts institutions and arts patrons.

For more information on Ford’s Theatre and the Ford’s Theatre Society, please visit

Photo by wallyg

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