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.
John 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.
17 Tudor Lane, Bel Air, Maryland The 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.
John 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.