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With the Steven Spielberg’s movie Lincoln being nominated for prestigious awards such as the Golden Globe and Academy Awards, we felt it was no better time than now to do a blog about President Lincoln.
Where is The House Where Lincoln Died?
The Petersen House (House Where Lincoln Died) is the concluding stop in Washington, DC on the tour of Ford’s Theater across the street, and entry is only open to visitors who have their timed tickets from that tour. In other words, you can’t visit the Petersen House on your own. Located at 516 10th Street Washington, DC, the Petersen House is a modest red brick townhouse constructed by William A. Petersen, a German tailor, in 1849. The Petersen House is three-story and a basement.
That Fateful Night April 14, 1865
After President Abraham Lincoln was shot at the Ford Theater, the people wanted to take him to the hospital in Washington, DC but decided against it because the road was too bumpy and they thought that President Lincoln might not survive the ride. It was among the confusion that someone yelled from across the street of Ford theater to bring the president to the modest Petersen House… or now known as The House Where Lincoln Died. On that night of April 14, 1865 the mortally wounded president was carried to a back bedroom in this house.
The Petersen family aided as they could, although on this highly intense night their home was no longer their own. Many of Lincoln’s people would come and go through the Washington, DC residence to pay their last respects to the dying president. Soldiers stood guard inside and out of the Petersen House to keep the growing crowd from entering the home. While doctors cared for the president the Petersen family and some of the boarders spent the night in the basement.
At 7:22 am, April 15, 1865, Abraham Lincoln died in the back bedroom of this humble house.
Families, tourist and Washington, DC residents have the opportunity of touring the Petersen House. Acquired by Ford’s Theater Society in 2007, the Petersen House features permanent exhibits on two levels of the three-level and basement townhome. The exhibits in the Petersen House show the aftermath of Lincoln’s death and the evolution of Lincoln’s legacy. A few of the things visitors will see when visiting the House Where Lincoln Died is the actual pillow President Lincoln laid his head on. The tour includes three rooms in the house that are furnished in 1865 period pieces; none of the furniture is original to the house.
Visitors use the same ticket that they used to tour Ford’s Theatre. The House is open 9:30 am to 5:30 pm daily. Visitors will enter The Center for Education and Leadership from the back porch of the Petersen House.Ford’s Theater 511 Tenth St, NW, Washington, DC 20004 (202) 347-4833 http://www.fordstheatre.org/
Hours: Daily 9am-5pm. Entry only with timed ticket from Ford’s Theatre tour
Transportation: Metro: Metro Center (11th and G sts. exit)
Price: Free admission
Located a mere 6 minutes from the Holiday Inn Washington, DC- Central White House Hotel, the Petersen House and Ford Theater are great and educational points of interest when visiting Washington, DC. Leave the car parked in our underground parking garage, and take public transportation or rent a bike through Capital Bikeshare and visit The Petersen House.
Not only is the Holiday Inn Washington, DC- Central White House Hotel just moments from the Ford Theater, but also many other Lincoln inspired memorials and monuments. Our hotel is located in walking distance to the Lincoln Memorial and the White House.
Holiday Inn Washington DC recently renovated hotel features a roof top pool, full-service restaurant, complimentary wi-fi and complimentary washer/dryer for all hotel guests. The hotel is walking distance to monuments, museums, and the business district. Major attractions are only minutes away.
This downtown Washington, DC Hotel is located at the northwest corner of 15th street & Rhode Island Avenue, NW.
•6 blocks north of the White House.
•6 blocks north-west of the Washington DC Convention Center.
•4 blocks north of the McPherson Square -Vermont Ave./White House exit
•4 blocks south-west of Dupont Circle Station Metro Subway
Remember, for the best rates at our hotel always book your Washington, DC accomodations from our Official hotel website or via the Holiday Inn chain hotel web site. You are always guaranteed the lowest hotel rate available by using our site for reservations and will not find our hotel listed for a lower rate at any of the 3rd party reservation services like Travelocity, Expedia, or Hotels .com. By booking your hotel accommodations reservations directly at our site you will never be subject to extra or hidden fees that many 3rd party reservation companies charge. Additionally you will have more flexibility if there is a problem or you need to change your reservation.Holiday Inn Washington DC – Central / White House 1501 Rhode Island Ave, NW Washington, DC 20005 +1 202-483-2000 http://www.inndc.com
The Holiday Inn Washington DC – Central / White House is rated tops among downtown Washington DC hotels for accommodations & hotel services by Holiday Inn guests visiting downtown Washington.
We are a full service Washington DC hotel, conveniently located in the center of downtown DC at the corner of 15th Street and Rhode Island Avenue Northwest. Whether you are traveling on business, with family on vacation, or with friends, our hotel is close to everywhere you want to be. We are not just near the White House but walking distance – just a little over 6 blocks. Are you headed downtown to the sights, museums, or monuments? Or are you seeing a show, attending a convention, or visiting an embassy? Then our central location will help make your visit stress free and memorable. Why stay outside the city when you can maximize every minute of your trip by staying at a downtown Washington DC hotel.
Holiday Inn awarded “Highest in Guest Satisfaction Among Mid-Scale Full Service Hotel Chains” – J.D. Power and Associates 2012 North America Guest Satisfaction Index Study.
In receiving this award, Holiday Inn scored highest in overall Guest Satisfaction in our segment, as distinguished by several key JD Power measurements. These include:
- Reservations at check-in & check-out
- Guest room
- Food & Beverage
- Hotel Services
- Hotel facilities
- Costs & fees.
Of course this wouldn’t have been possible without all of the Holiday Inn hotel guests who ranked our hotel chain so highly. At the Holiday Washington DC-Central/White House we are consistently ranked #1 among downtown Washington DC Holiday Inn hotels by Holiday Inn guests visiting the city. Special thanks to all of our guests who have help keep our hotel and the Holiday Inn chain rated so highly. For more information about this prestigious award, to make hotel reservations, or to learn more about Holiday Inns you can visit this link: http://www.holidayinn.com/hotels/us/en/global/offers/jd_power_awards2012
Remember, for the best rates at our hotel always book directly from our Official hotel website or via the Holiday Inn chain hotel web site. You are always guaranteed the lowest hotel rate available by using our site for reservations and will not find our hotel listed for a lower rate at any of the 3rd party reservation services like Travelocity, Expedia, or Hotels.com. By booking your hotel reservations directly at our site you will never be subject to extra or hidden fees that many 3rd party reservation companies charge. Additionally you will have more flexibility if there is a problem or you need to change your reservation.
The official theme for the 2013 inauguration is “Faith in America’s Future”. The theme is in reference to marking the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the placement of the Statue of Freedom on the top of the Capital Dome in 1863.
Monday, January 21, 2013 is slated for the Presidential Inauguration held in Washington, DC. Monday will kick-off a week filled with festivities that include the Presidential Swearing-in Ceremony, Inaugural Parade and Address and a variety of inaugural balls and galas that will honor the President of the United States.
15 Trivia Facts about the Presidential Inauguration
1. The first President to be inaugurated was George Washington on April 30, 1789. After he repeated the verse for the swearing in as designated in Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution, he added the words “so help me God” and kissed the Bible.
2. George Washington was also noted for delivering the shortest Inaugural speech. His speech only contained a total of 135 words.
3. James Madison was the president who introduced the Inaugural Ball. Tickets to this ball cost $4, which back then was a lot of money. Ironically James Madison had a Vice President name George Clinton.
4. On March 4, 1837, Martin Van Buren became the first president who was not born a citizen of Britain. He also introduced the tradition of the former president and the new president riding together to Inauguration Day.
5. William Harrison was the president who gave the longest Inaugural address totaling 8,445 words.
6. President Franklin Pierced was the president who used the word “affirm” instead of “swear” while taking office. He also canceled the ball.
7. In 1897 William McKinley was the first president to be inaugurated on film. He also was the first president to have the ritual luncheon.
8. William McKinley’s second inauguration was the first inauguration in which the House and Senate developed the JCCIC to plan Inaugural events.
9. On March 4 1933, the morning worship service tradition was first held by FDR and his wife Eleanor Roosevelt. Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his second term, was also the first president to be sworn in on January 20th.
10. In 1949, Harry S. Truman became the first President to have his inauguration televised.
11. Dwight D. Eisenhower broke tradition after taken his oath of office. Instead of kissing the Bible, he recited his own prayer.
12. Lyndon B. Johnson was inaugurated on November 22, 1963 by the first woman to perform this ceremony. They were on Air Force One.
13. Richard Nixon was the only president to take his oath of office with two Bibles.
14. Ronald Reagan’s Inauguration took place inside due to the coldest weather in Inauguration history. It was only seven degrees at noon.
15. Former President Clinton was the first president to have his inauguration live on the web. He also had the most number of inaugural balls, totaling 14. The number of Inaugural balls has been so high in recent years to accommodate the demand to attend.
See our recent blog posting for helpful Presidential Inuaguration Travel Tips while visiting Washington DC