There's a lovely little Victorian house tucked into the suburban neighborhoods surrounding Bel Air, MD, called "Tudor Hall."
Eventually, Booth decided his family should live in something a little better than a log cabin, and he started building Tudor Hall.
However, Booth never lived in Tudor Hall, because he died in 1852, before it was completed. His son Edwin Booth lived there only briefly on his return from California before he moved the family back into Baltimore. But his other son, John Wilkes Booth, lived there with his mother, brother Joseph, and two sisters from December 1852 through most of 1856.
As was true with many Maryland families during the Civil War; the Booths were truly a house divided. Edwin Booth, already enjoying fame and good fortune by the start of the Civil War, was profoundly Unionist. His younger brother John Wilkes, unfortunately, resolutely favored the South.
We learned all this at a one-day, one-of-a kind symposium on Saturday, May 9, 2015, titled "Tudor Hall, the Booths of Maryland and the Civil War," sponsored by the Junius B. Booth Society (JBBS) and the Historical Society of Harford County (HSHC). This symposium commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln Assassination and the end of the Civil War. The symposium explored the complex theatrical Booths -- who left their mark on America forever (good and bad), the history of Tudor Hall and the attitudes of Marylanders during the Civil War.
June 14, July 12 at 2 pm:
John Wilkes Booth and Tudor Hall
by Jim Garrett, a life-long Lincoln Assassination and Booth enthusiast, a tour guide at Ford’s Theatre and co-author of The Lincoln Assassination: Where Are they Now? A Guide to the Burial Places of Individuals Connected to the Lincoln Assassination in Washington, DC.
September 13 at 2 pm
Edwin and John Wilkes Booth: A House Divided
by Dave Taylor, the creator and administrator of Boothiebarn.com. Dave is a Lincoln Assassination writer, researcher and speaker.
Getting there: Tudor Hall is located at 17 Tudor Lane, Bel Air, MD 21015
Hours: Check out the website or see above for hours.
Website: For more information:
443-619-0008 or [email protected] or http://spiritsoftudorhall.blogspot.com/
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