History on Foot
Investigation: Detective McDevitt
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.
The distance walked is approximately 1.6 miles from Ford’s Theatre to the White House. Wear comfortable shoes.
This walking tour of downtown Washington, D.C., makes eight stops. It does not include entrance into Ford’s Theatre.
History on Foot will return in spring of 2024.
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Virtual Investigation: Detective McDevitt
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. $100 per session.
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 $725 for a private tour for a group of two to 30 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.
A fun way for Washingtonians to explore their city through the lens of history."– Roll Call
"This tour was amazing! I could almost feel like a young detective solving Lincoln's murder. It gave us a hands-on experience that we thoroughly enjoyed."– Patron Anna B.
"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 U.S. history classes. It's also a nice, easy walk and a way to see the city from a totally different perspective. Fun for all ages. "– Patron Ann Marie G.
"The history under our feet becomes very apparent when you do a walking tour. I highly recommend it. #HistoryonFoot"– @HistoriErin