On Saturday April 22nd, Historic Port Royal will sponsor two BOOTH WALKING TOURS. Tours will be from 11am-12 pm and from 2 pm-3 pm with refreshments served after each at the Museum of American History on Rt. 301 where you will see the actual hinge from the barn where Booth was captured. A letter in Ralph Fall’s book, HIDDEN VILLAGE, states “Booth crossed the Rappahannock River ….the current was running very strong and the boat landed downstream from the usual docking wharf, at the river bank in front of the home of Mr. John Bernard Lightfoot. Two of his daughters, Miss Harriet and Miss Sally, were at home, and seeing the boat approaching, went to meet the passengers on the river bank…..they cordially invited the handsome strangers to come to the house and meet their father so that he could offer them aid, for it was obvious that one of them was in pain. However, the horsemen explained that they must press on.”
Interested participants should park and meet at the Port Royal Museum of Medicine (419 King St). The entire tour is about one mile of walking with Lincoln assassination researchers Dave Taylor and Kate Ramirez who will give the history of some of the landmarks connected with the escape of assassin, John Wilkes Booth. Reservations are necessary only for large groups. (Contact Mrs. Davis at 804-740-5285) The suggested donation for the tour is $10 per person and all proceeds benefit Historic Port Royal.
The Museum is open every Saturday from 10 to 4 pm. The Portrait Gallery, the Old Port Royal School and Museum of Medicine are open by request. Tours for groups may be arranged with Mrs. Davis at 804-370-5285.