After Booth shot Lincoln in Ford's Theater, the president was rushed to the humble boarding house across the street. He was carried to a back bedroom where doctors attended to his wounds. Soldiers stood guard, while various government officials and Mary Todd Lincoln stood vigil. Lincoln died here next morning.
Today the house is run by the National Park Service as a museum. Much of the furniture here is recreated based on the original pieces the house contained that fateful night, but the bloodstained pillow and pillowcase displayed here are the ones actually used by Lincoln.
Peterson House is open daily from 9 to 5, and requires the same free ticket as Ford's Theater. There are two floors of permanent exhibits here that examine Lincoln's life, death and legacy. Please note: The Petersen House will be closed December 2017 through June 2018 for upgrades and preservation work to maintain its structural integrity.
Cover photo by Stefano Cislaghi via Flickr