Lincoln the Movie

Spielberg during the filming of LINCOLN in the Virginia State Capitol, image courtesy:
David Frech life-size statue of Lincoln in Richmond, Virginia
Follow Civil War trails to learn about where battles were fought and the soldiers who fought them.
The Lincoln Memorial is located on the National Mall in Washington, DC, across from the Washington Monument.
Maryland native John Wilkes Booth shot President Lincoln at Ford's Theatre on 14 April 1865.

Lincoln in Virginia

LINCOLN, Steven Spielberg's epic movie starring Daniel Day-Lewis, was filmed entirely in Virginia at sites in Richmond and Petersburg.  Walk in the footsteps of the cast and crew on a self-guided trail featuring actual film locations as well as restaurants, bars and shops that were favourites of the stars.

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Lincoln in Washington, DC

In Washington, DC, visitors can explore locations that figured prominently in the Civil War, such as the Willard Hotel, where Lincoln stayed prior to his inauguration, the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum, where Lincoln’s second inaugural ball took place, and Arlington National Cemetery, located just across the Potomac River in northern Virginia on land formerly owned by Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s family. And most notably Ford’s Theater, where John Wilkes Booth shot President Lincoln in April 1865.

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Lincoln in Maryland

President Lincoln arrived safely in Washington, DC via the B&O Railroad, slipping through Baltimore, Maryland in the middle of the night on 23 February 1861, in a special rail car pulled by horse rather than steam engine.  On 14 April 1865, it was Maryland native John Wilkes Booth who shot the President at Ford's Theater in Washington, DC.  Surratt House was the country home of Mary Surratt, the first woman to be executed by the United States government after being found guilty of conspiring with John Wilkes Booth to assassinate President Lincoln.  John Wilkes Booth fled Washington, DC through Maryland and had to circumvent Zekiah Swamp, whose headwaters begin in what is today Cedarville State Forest.

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Civil War Trails

More Civil War battles were fought in the Capital Region than anywhere else in America.  Civil War Trails across Virginia and Maryland bring the stories of these battles and those who fought them to life on the very grounds were the action took place.

For links to individual Civil War Trails and itineraries visit our Civil War Tours & Trails Itinerary.

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