Memories of the Booth-Lincoln assassination tour

Ben Franklin, sewer gas and someone running late – it’s the unexpected that make tours memorable.

About 20 people came on my free John Wilkes Booth-Abe Lincoln assassination tour on Saturday. I prefer smaller groups so that number is fine.

But it’s the funny and odd stuff that I’ll remember. Like a Ben Franklin character walking through my group at Lafayette Park. That’s a showstopper. I’m not sure what he was doing, but I wasn’t continuing my tour until Ben finished having photos taken with people in my group.

The construction on F St. between 14th and 15th Sts. somehow emitted the worst sewer gas imaginable. Try talking through that.

And, naturally someone was running late. Normally, you’d start without them, but when it’s your 74-year-old mom coming two hours away, you wait 20 minutes. It was no big deal, just funny.

Miss the tour? Don’t worry, we’ll do it again Saturdays Oct. 29 and Nov. 26 (walk off some of that turkey.) See details above.

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Rick Snider is a native Washingtonian, long-time journalist and licensed tour guide since 2010.
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