Wandering Iris Tuesday Pik – Bel Air, Maryland

We very recently traveled to Bel Air, Maryland for our son’s wedding on Christmas Eve.  On a dreary, rainy morning a day or two before Christmas we learned that the town we were in, Bel Air, was also the childhood home of John Wilkes Booth (1838 – 1865).  So we put the address into the Garmin and went for a drive. 

DIGITAL CAMERAJohn Wilkes Booth was the son of Junius Brutus Booth, an actor, drinker, and farmer.  Family slaves worked the farm.  There were 10 children in this family.  He was the 9th child.  John Wilkes was educated at a boarding school and became an actor at the age of 17.  The name of the farm/estate was Tudor Hall.

DIGITAL CAMERA17 Tudor Lane, Bel Air, Maryland DIGITAL CAMERA DIGITAL CAMERA DIGITAL CAMERA DIGITAL CAMERA DIGITAL CAMERA DIGITAL CAMERA DIGITAL CAMERAThe day after Christmas our now married son took us on a tour of Bel Air and surrounding areas.  It was a beautiful sunny day, so here are more photos of Tudor Hall, this time without the rain.

bel air artboothsun3 boothsun2 boothsun5 boothsun6 boothsun1 boothsun4John Wilkes Booth Assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at the Ford Theater in Washington D.C. on April 14, 1865. 

Booth was killed on April 26, 1865, in Royal Port, Virginia, About 75 miles south of Washington D.C.

His childhood home in Bel Air Maryland is about 65 miles north of Washington D.C.


9 thoughts on “Wandering Iris Tuesday Pik – Bel Air, Maryland”

      1. That was probably a wise decision. Maymont Park, the Dooly’s winter home, was bequeathed to the city of Richmond and is kept in pristine condition. Swannanoah, the Dooly’s summer home, was left to Major Dooley’s sisters and has fallen into disrepair over the years due to lack of funds to maintain the place. I have done posts on both of these estates in the event you are unfamiliar with them. Both were owned by the same childless couple over 100 years ago, in central Virginia.


        To date, Swannanoah has not been given proper respect, but there is a link in one of my posts leading my readers to the Wikipedia entry on the estate which introduces the history of the lovely Palace.

  1. Phenomenal and educational post, Iris. it has bee a pure pleasure perusing your photos. I love the house, You did a wonderful job capturing the elegant simplicity of the various elevations. Thank you for sharing. 🙂

  2. My liking is tempered by the fairly evil renovations done to the house; nothing in this world could convince me that the upstairs window is even remotely true to the past …

    1. Which upstairs window? They all look pretty old. The metal roof on the other hand seems pretty new. There is an upstairs addition with wood siding that is not original. The original is brick.

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