One of the highlights (if you can call a solemn exhibit a “highlight”) of our trip to Washington was a visit to Ford’s theater. The box where President Lincoln was sitting the night he was shot by John Wilkes Booth is preserved just as it looked that night.
We were fortunate to be there on a slow day and were allowed to go right up to the side entrance of the box to view it. The guard told us that on busy days they don’t allow visitors access to the box area because the aisle is too small to handle a big crowd. Stretch didn’t hear that, he believes he was granted access to the box because, well, he’s Stretch Bear.
All kidding aside, if you ever find yourself in Washington, D.C. I highly recommend you try to get to this attraction. There’s something about looking into that empty box that gives you goose bumps. You can also visit the house across the street from the theater where Lincoln was taken after he was shot and see the room where he died (recreated to look exactly as it did at that time), along with a museum display of artifacts from that fateful night.
Of course, no outing with Stretch can ever end on a solemn note, so he suggested we trip back in time to a happier night for Lincoln and enjoy a comic play with the President.