Lincoln the Movie

Explore the filming locales of Steven Spielberg's LINCOLN and tour locations that pay tribute to one of America's most well-known presidents. 

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

Lincoln in Virginia

LINCOLN, Steven Spielberg's epic film 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 filming locations as well as restaurants, bars and shops that were favourites of the stars.

Lincoln Related Attractions in Virginia:

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. Perhaps one of the most notable sites is Ford’s Theatre, where John Wilkes Booth shot President Lincoln in April 1865.

Lincoln-Related Attractions in Washington, DC:

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, Maryland native John Wilkes Booth who shot the President at Ford's Theatre. 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. The morning after he assassinated President Lincoln, Booth stopped at the home of Dr. Samuel A. Mudd to have his broken leg treated. 

Lincoln-Related Attractions in Maryland:

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.

Step back into America's past with our Civil War Tours & Trails Itinerary.

Looking for more? Discover more historic and scenic sights on our 7-day tour of filming locations in the Capital Region.

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