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History on Foot: Detective James McDevitt -Day Tour

Ford's Theater, 514 Tenth Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
+1 202-347-4833
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Great tour at a great price

I have been to DC a lot for both work and fun... and this tour was great... among the top things to... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Robert T
Fun, educational Detective Walk on the Lincoln assassination!

We had a very small group and it was awesome! Our guide, Detective McDevitt was very engaging and... read more

Reviewed 1 April 2017
Jacksonville, Florida
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On the night of April 14, 1865, Detective James McDevitt was on duty at the Washington Metropolitan Police headquarters, a half-block from Ford’s Theatre. Just before 10:30, frantic witnesses rushed in with horrifying news: President Lincoln had been shot at the theatre. Join Detective McDevitt as he revisits the sites and reexamines the clues from the investigation into the Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy. Investigation: Detective McDevitt lasts approximately two hours and makes at least eight stops throughout the story. The distance walked is approximately 1.6 miles from Ford’s Theatre to the White House. Wear comfortable shoes. Investigation: Detective McDevitt runs March through October.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Ford's Theater, 514 Tenth Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20004
+1 202-347-4833

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been to DC a lot for both work and fun... and this tour was great... among the top things to do in the city! You aren't going to get a better tour in Washington, DC for just $17. My wife and I are...More

1  Thank Robert T
Reviewed 1 April 2017

We had a very small group and it was awesome! Our guide, Detective McDevitt was very engaging and went in and out of accents with ease. Super interesting and my 10 year old son loved it! Would do again!

Thank ITravelwithboys
Reviewed 10 September 2016

After hearing the details of Lincoln's assassination at Ford's Theatre and the Petersen Boarding House, it is only fitting to follow up with a walking tour given by an actor portraying Det. James McDevitt, the lead investigator into the killing of Lincoln. The tour takes...More

1  Thank Freba
Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Almost 2 hour walking tour that takes you back to the night of Lincoln's assassination. Very detailed description of the people involved...the good and the bad. You get a wonderful view of the front of the white house at the end of your tour!! Very...More

Thank Heidi H
Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

This tour was amazing! The setting felt realistic and believable. I could almost feel like a young detective solving Lincoln's murder. It gave us a hands on experience that we thoroughly enjoyed.

1  Thank Anna B
Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

This is a very interesting walking tour of almost all the places associated with the plot to assassinate President Lincoln, Vice President Johnson, and Secretary Seward in 1865. The actor who portrayed police detective McDevitt was interesting and informative as he walked us around town...More

4  Thank TVDad
Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

This is a great tour! It's a close look at the Lincoln assassination, with details on the overall conspiracy that don't get covered in US history classes. It's also a nice, easy walk and a way to see the city from a totally different perspective....More

2  Thank Ann Marie G
Reviewed 9 April 2016

I absolutely loved the History on Foot tour because of how unique it was. Our "detective" really stayed in character, even though it was snowing at one point. In April. Yes, snow in April. Anyways, Our guide talked about everyone involved, walking around DC, and...More

1  Thank KidPerspective
Reviewed 3 April 2016

This is a very well executed historical tour, talking about the night of Lincoln's assassination. The route is great for sightseeing, starting at Ford's and going down Pennsylvania and ending at the White House. Our group was about 15 people maybe, with wide age ranges....More

1  Thank Crystalized
Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile

Having seen all the major attractions over the years we were looking for something different. This walking tour was a wonderful step back in time. Very creatively written. You will sure learn something on your walk about Lincoln's assassination and culprits behind it. We did...More

Thank Rodd N
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19 July 2016|
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Response from FordsTheatre | Property representative |
Hi Minnie! Our historic site visit takes about two hours, if you see the full site (Museum, Theatre, Petersen House & Center for Education and Leadership). The parts of the site available vary based on your ticket entry... More
Margaret J
31 January 2016|
Response from FordsTheatre | Property representative |
Hi Margaret! The tour is $17. If you book tickets online in advance, additional Ticketmaster fees may apply.