A walking tour that brings history to life!

On the night of April 14, 1865, Detective James McDevitt was on duty at the Washington Metropolitan Police headquarters, a half-block from Ford’s Theatre. Just before 10:30 p.m., frantic witnesses rushed in with horrifying news: President Lincoln had been shot at the theatre. Join Detective McDevitt as he revisits the sites and reexamines the clues from the investigation into the Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy. Part of "History on Foot." This walking tour of downtown Washington, D.C., makes eight stops. It does not include entrance into Ford’s Theatre.

Length: The distance walked is approximately 1.6 miles from Ford’s Theatre to the White House. Wear comfortable shoes. Recommended for ages 8 and older.

"I could almost feel like a young detective solving Lincoln's murder."

- Anna B., TripAdvisor
Photo by Mark Ramont.

Related Events & Performances

Private History on Foot Tours

Private tours of "Investigation: Detective McDevitt" are available by request and based on availability. There is a flat fee of $680 for a private tour for a group of two to 40 people. Full payment is due at the time of tour confirmation. To facilitate scheduling your tour, please be prepared to provide your first, second and third choice of dates and times, the number of people, and a very brief description of your group. We will make every effort to accommodate you. To arrange a private tour, call (800) 899-2367 or email the Group Sales Department.

Virtual History on Foot

Can’t come to Washington, D.C.? Let Detective McDevitt come to you! You and your group can now experience our "Investigation: Detective McDevitt" tour online. This program is available for Grades 3 and up and lasts 60 minutes. $125 per session.

One Destiny

Learn about Lincoln’s assassination from two men who were there. Actor Harry Hawk and Ford’s Theatre co-owner Harry Ford revisit the events of April 14, 1865. As they reconstruct the sequence of events, they grapple with the question: Could John Wilkes Booth have been stopped? This 35-minute presentation explores the key facts of the assassination while capturing the emotions of that fateful night. Featuring costumed actors. In June 2016, the cast of "One Destiny" celebrated their 1,000th performance at Ford’s Theatre. The production also has been featured in local schools and at the White House.

Historic Site Visit

Museum, Theatre, Petersen House and Center for Education and Leadership

On a self-guided tour of the Ford’s Theatre Campus, explore Lincoln's presidency from his arrival in Washington to the very minute he arrived at Ford's Theatre the night of his assassination on April 14, 1865. Visitors can expect to see rare artifacts related to the assassination, to walk-through the theatre, to visit the house where Lincoln died and to view exhibits exploring the aftermath of the assassination, the hunt for John Wilkes Booth and the lasting impact of Lincoln's legacy.


"I could almost feel like a young detective solving Lincoln's murder. This tour was amazing! The setting felt realistic and believable. I could almost feel like a young detective solving Lincoln's murder. It gave us a hands on experience that we thoroughly enjoyed."

- Anna B., TripAdvisor

"A fun way for Washingtonians to explore their city through the lens of history. "

- Roll Call

"The detective did a wonderful job and the tour is interactive and fun for all ages. This is a great tour! It's a close look at the Lincoln assassination, with details on the overall conspiracy that don't get covered in US history classes. It's also a nice, easy walk and a way to see the city from a totally different perspective. The detective did a wonderful job and the tour is interactive and fun for all ages."

- Ann Marie G.