One of the cool things about living in DC is all of the monuments. The Lincoln Monument is probably my favorite. There’s just something about it that’s awe-inspiring, especially at night. (Although I have to say I find it hard to settle on just one monument as my favorite. For instance, when it’s snowing at night the Korean War Memorial is absolutely majestic and you feel that the statues are real. At sunset when the mall is empty the Vietnam War Memorial is beautiful and ominous. For right now though I’ll stick with the Lincoln Memorial.) Now back to Lincoln.
If you are a nerd you will know that three weekends ago was the anniversary of the Lincoln assassination. So two Saturday’s ago we went on a Ford’s Theatre Walking Tour that I had stumbled upon earlier this month. I have been seriously excited for it (because I am a huuuge nerd) but I wasn’t sure if it would live up to my expectations. Thankfully it not only lived up to them but it surpassed my expectations. The tour–if you’re too lazy to click the link above and read the short description–places you in the role of a deputy police officer reviewing the leads that the police followed in the hours and days that followed the assassination. What makes it great–besides learning and getting to see the city in a new way–is that the historical actor played the inspector, and all the other roles. Through out the tour he would assume various other people–men and women–who were witness to the various parts of the assassination. For each one he had a unique accent and personality. It added another layer of fun/nerdiness to the tour. The tour takes you from Ford’s Theatre to the White House and along the way you visit various sites around the city where important events took place. Living and working in this city it’s easy to forget the amount of history that happened all over the place. I visit Chinatown all the time and didn’t know that half of the places we visited and that I walk by all the time were the sites for many of these pivotal events.
On Sunday we went back to Ford’s Theatre to take a tour of it and to check out the box where it all happened–unfortunately you can go in or even walk by it. Afterwards we went to see The Conspirator, which turned out to be a good movie despite the bad reviews it has been getting. Me thinks that the reviewers aren’t much into historical court room dramas. Next up I’ll be taking some time out from novels to check out Eric Foner’s newest book The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery.