Washington DC is this Nation’s Capitol, however, Washington DC is also a place of history and learning. Here are two of the great places we visited on our last trip to Washington DC.
Ford’s Theatre – located at 511 110th St. NW Washington, DC. Ford’s Theatre has recently completed its final stages of restoration. Ford’s Theatre is not only a historical location it does however; still provide active performances for visitors enjoyment. President Lincoln’s box is restored and visitors can hear the presentation of how John Wilkes Booth came to assassinate President Lincoln on that fateful night in 1865. Sit on the main floor or first balcony while one of Washington DC’s National Park Rangers accounts for you the events of that day. Feel the steps of John Wilkes Booth as he walked behind the crowd of theatre goers. A face familiar to the visitors of Ford’s Theatre since Booth had previously been on stage right there on many occasions.
Feel the crowd’s emotions as John Booth jumped from the box seat area onto the stage to walk out a back door and into the night while President Lincoln lay on the floor above. Walk across the street to the boarding house at 453 (now 516) Tenth Street, where President Lincoln was carried while doctors came to attend him. See the room where President Lincoln breathed his last breath. Be sure to allow yourself at least 3 hours for this tour and presentation. Cost is free for all who wish to walk the path of history. Visit this website
Just around the corner from Ford’s Theatre is the world-famous International Spy Museum – 800 F Street, NW Washington, DC. Visit this website to see hours and prices. While visiting the International Spy Museum remember that photographs are not allowed. Upon entering the Spy Museum visitors are given an assignment and an identity to assume. However, the choice is yours to take the assignment or just visit the museum to look at the exhibits. While learning the world of the International Spy, visitors will be questioned along the way to see if they are completing their assignment. Learn how the world of International Spying came to be and the instruments used to complete their assignments and missions. Hear how spy’s who have been caught in the act were put on trial, found guilty and sentenced to death or life in prison. See the amazing spy tools of the trade, enjoy learning about pens that take photos or shoot bullets, listen to some of the first tape machines used while spying on other countries. Learn all the tricks of the trade, however, visitors won’t be shown how today’s spy accomplishes his assignments. As we all know the world of the spy is not dead and gone just moved to a higher level of electronics and inventions? The International Spy Museum is a great place to learn about those secrets of our country and other countries during both world wars and the cold war, walk away knowing that the world has not changed much when it comes to learning or needing to know the secrets of those who share this world with us.
Washington National Cathedral – located on Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues, NW Washington DC. Imagine no more when you see these soaring steeples atop the National Cathedral. Enjoy the gothic architecture, whimsical gargoyles, and beautiful stained glass windows. Be sure to take a bit of time to enjoy the musical offerings and the organ demonstration. This Cathedral is still functioning so daily worship services do take place. The National Cathedral is the highest viewing place in Washington DC. Walk the beautiful gardens and shopping at the gift shop while visiting the Washington National Cathedral. For more information on times and history visit here