We thought this was going to be a quick walk through of the room where President Lincoln was taken after he was shot and subsequently died. While we did get to see the bedroom where he passed away, we were pleasantly surprised to find 3 more floors of exhibits on Lincoln, his assassin, and the accomplices. Definitely worth a visit.
It was so interesting to visit the Peterson House. We visited the Ford theater first and then went across to see where President Lincoln died. It was so neat to be able to see such a big part of history. It helped my children to understand exactly what happened being able to visit there two buildings.
After touring Ford’s Theater, we stopped at the Petersen House across the street. It does not cost anything to visit the house, and it is a good way to round out the visit. This famous house is where Abraham Lincoln was taken after John Wilkes Booth’s assassination attempt, and where he eventually succumbed to his injuries. It was an interesting place to take our children as it brought them an understanding of the time and place that they had learned about in history class. The building is small, and the stairs to get inside steep. If you have a small child with a stroller, you will have to leave the strolled outside as there is no room for it in the house. There is also no disabled access. It is not a necessity, and your trip will be none the worse for missing this house, but if you have the chance, you should take a minute to visit.
I have taken a tour through the Petersen House twice and I find it so interesting. To see the actual room where Lincoln died is breathtaking. If you get a chance to run by Ford's Theatre, then definitely stop across the street and check this out. The rooms are presevered to the period. They also have plenty of signs telling the tale.
This is a quick tour (5 minutes) of the house where President Lincoln died. It might be too morbid for some children, but we used it as a history lesson. You walk through the house and are shown where President Lincoln was brought and where he died. You also see where Mrs. Lincoln waited while the doctors attended to her husband. The rooms have been furnished to look as they would have that fateful night.