Monday, November 7, 2016

Make Plans to Visit Tudor Hall in 2019

The historic Tudor Hall is a fascinating piece of our nation's history. When you visit, you'll connect to the story of the Maryland Booths who left their mark on America forever. You'll walk where they walked, lived, played, worked and dreamed. When you visit, this part of history comes alive.

The property and first floor of Tudor Hall will be open to visitors for tours in 2019 at 1:00 & 2:00 PM on the dates listed below. This year there are some special talks replacing the 2:00 tours on the dates listed with a (*). All 1:00 and other 2:00 tours will feature the general tour. All tours and talks last about 45 minutes. See below for details of the special talks and regular tours.

Tudor Hall Renovation
In April and May during the Tudor Hall tour season, Harford County is planning to do much needed exterior repairs and painting to historic Tudor Hall. Please be advised that this work is scheduled to be going on during that time, but out tours and special talks will take place as scheduled. The renovation work will halt on our scheduled tour dates during this time to accommodate our regular tours and special talks. We are excited about these renovations and look forward to seeing you at Tudor Hall during this time.

 Tudor Hall is located at:
17 Tudor Lane,  Bel Air, MD 21015
The cost of each talk and each tour is $5.00 cash for those age 13 and older.
For more information:
443-619-0008 or  

April 7* & 28*; May 5* & 19*; June 2* & 16*; July 7* & 21*; August 4* & 18; September 1, 15* & 29*; October 13* & 27*; November 3*

*April 7 at 2:00 PM
Junius Brutus Booth: The First Rock Star  

by Jim Garrett

*April 28, September 29 at 2:00 PM
Lincoln’s Final Hours 

by Kathryn Canavan

* May 5 at 2:00 PM
This One Mad Act: Was John Wilkes Booth Insane?
by Jim Garrett

*May 19; August 4; October 27 at 2:00 PM
The Hunt for John Wilkes Booth 

by John Howard

*June 2; October 13 at 2:00 PM
“Born Under an Unlucky Star”: The Childhood of John Wilkes Booth 

by Dave Taylor

*June 16 at 2:00 PM
The Legacy of Junius Brutus Booth 

by Jim Garrett

*July 7; September 15 at 2:00 PM
“Brides of Bluebeard”: The Women Who Loved John Wilkes Booth 

by Kate Ramirez Taylor

*July 21 at 2:00 PM
The Legacy of John Wilkes Booth 

by Jim Garrett

*November 3 at 2:00 PM
John Wilkes Booth & His Confederate Connections
by John Howard
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Please obey the speed limit on Tudor Lane and the Tudor Hall property when visiting.

Here are the exciting speakers who will give these talks:

Kathryn Canavan is an independent researcher and the author of Lincoln’s Final Hours: Conspiracy, Terror, and the Assassination of America’s Greatest President. She started her journalism career as a crime reporter. She eventually worked as reporter or editor in four states and was a National Health Journalism Fellow at USC’s Annenberg School. To get a story, Canavan has reported at gunpoint, lived with the Moonies, negotiated with a killer and joined Tug McGraw in the Phillies dugout.
     She began researching the unintended consequences of the Lincoln assassination in 2009. Lincoln's Final Hours has been featured on CSPAN and PBS Newsworks. She explores the effect that one extraordinary night had on the ordinary Washingtonians who witnessed what happened inside Petersen's Boarding House on the night President Lincoln died there. Their eyewitness accounts provide telling new details about the assassination. Some went on to lead lives that are the stuff of novels, and others came to sad ends. 

Jim Garrett is a life-long Lincoln Assassination and Booth enthusiast, a volunteer at Ford’s Theatre and a tour guide for Washington DC’s Old Town Trolley Tours and Private Tours of Washington. He is co-author of The Lincoln Assassination: Where Are they Now? and The Flags of Ford’s Theatre.

John Howard is a lifelong resident of New Jersey and was given a thirst for knowledge by his parents, especially his mother. He spent 30 years in biomedical research and supervising hospital laboratories.  Recently he added another full time job: teaching High School science while still working as a Pathologist Assistant.
     He has been a student of the Lincoln Assassination ever since being told by his mother that her grandmother was taken by her father to see Abraham Lincoln lying in state at New York’s City Hall. Since then he has worked at learning all he could about the event. It was also his mother who introduced him to the subject of the Lindbergh kidnapping which is his other major subject of research.
     John is currently one of the staff historians who lead the popular twelve hour John Wilkes Booth Escape tour for the Surratt Society and has been involved with the Society from its inception.

Kate Ramirez Taylor is a 19th century murder researcher, speaker, and living historian who specializes in the Lincoln assassination, the Lizzie Borden murders, and the case of the "Devil in the White City" multi-murderer, Dr. H. H. Holmes. She has presented on different aspects of the Lincoln assassination for several organizations including the Surratt Society and Fort Lesley J. McNair. Kate also speaks about the events of 1865 through her work at the Dr. Samuel A. Mudd House Museum and Historic Port Tobacco Village.

Dave Taylor is the creator and administrator of the popular In addition to being an elementary school teacher, Dave is an avid Lincoln Assassination and Booth researcher, writer and speaker. He is also a tour guide for the John Wilkes Booth Escape Route Bus Tour organized by the Surratt Society.