John Wilkes Booth Site for Sale – Civil War Reenactors Not Included


Photo: Cleydael. Credit: Motley’s Auction and Realty Group.

Three historic buildings in Texas’ Bastrop State Park were lost in the recent wildfire, but many other structures built by the Civilian Conservation Corps have survived, according to Ben Wear of the Austin American-Statesman. In case you are wondering, the CCC was a federal work relief project created by President Roosevelt to combat unemployment during the Depression.

Bidders have an opportunity to buy the home of Dr. Richard Stuart, where Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth unsuccessfully sought treatment for his ankle, which was injured when he jumped to the stage of Ford’s Theatre.

According to Linda Wheeler of the Washington Post, the home (plus 12 acres) near Fredericksburg, Va. was put up for auction after owner Kathryn Coombs, who used it as a movie location, died without a will.

As described in the auction listing, the 3,300-square-foot home at 7411 Peppermill Drive, King George, Va., is a two-story Colonial built in 1859. It has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, tall ceilings and a wrap-around front porch.

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3 Responses to John Wilkes Booth Site for Sale – Civil War Reenactors Not Included

  1. Mary Mallory says:

    Let’s hope the home goes to someone who cares about history, not someone who wants to tear it down.


  2. Since it’s registered as a national historic site it can’t be torn down, thankfully.


    • John says:

      Actually, it can be torn down even if its a Registered Historic Landmark (RHL). That designation only means that the gov’t recognizes its historic significance, but it does not prevent the owner from doing whatever they want with it. One of most famous instances of this happening is Rhodes Tavern in Washington DC, where the British dined by the light of the burning White House during the War of 1812. It was torn down by the owners in 1984 despite a tremendous public outcry and attempts to save it. The only trully protected RHLs are those that are owned by the National Park Service or are privately owned by an historical society. Owners of RHLs can also take steps to have an historic preservation easement placed on a structure that was last into perpetuity.


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