Spirits of Tudor Hall

Spirits of Tudor Hall Museum and historic home of the Booth family of Shakespearean actors including Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth. Tours of the 1st floor of Tudor Hall are offered 2 Sundays of every month between April & November at 1:00 and 2:00 p.m.
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Please check our current schedule on our blog for a day that will fit your schedule. http://spiritsoftudorhall.blogspot.com/

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#HappyBirthday to #EdwinBooth, born on this day November 13, 1833. He is buried with his first wife, Mary Devlin, and th...
11/13/2020

#HappyBirthday to #EdwinBooth, born on this day November 13, 1833. He is buried with his first wife, Mary Devlin, and their daughter, Edwina Booth Grossman, at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The Junius B. Booth Society (a 501c3 non-profit organization) hopes you will consider making a donation to the Tudor Hal...
11/13/2020

The Junius B. Booth Society (a 501c3 non-profit organization) hopes you will consider making a donation to the Tudor Hall Museum on #GivingTuesday on December 1st.

As a non-profit, we rely on our tours and special talks to sustain our mission to keep this important part of our American history alive. Because of Covid-19 the museum was closed this past season. Please join us in our mission to educate the public in: the Booth family history; the fascinating story of Tudor Hall and the Booth farm; the history of the theatrical arts in America; other Booth related historical sites located in Harford County; the history of owners, slaves, farmers, craftsmen and others connected to the Tudor Hall and the Booth farm; and Booth related literary work.

To donate, please make out checks to the Junius B. Booth Society and mail to: 2223 Kentucky Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21213.

Thank you for your generosity and support for the Tudor Hall museum during this difficult time. http://spiritsoftudorhall.blogspot.com/

Charleston Stage Company - #JuniusBrutusBoothSr  supposedly haunts the Dock Street Theatre in Charleston, South Carolina...
11/01/2020

Charleston Stage Company - #JuniusBrutusBoothSr supposedly haunts the Dock Street Theatre in Charleston, South Carolina. 👻🎭🎃

#HappyHalloween! #EdwinBooth is said to be the ghost that haunts Springer Opera House in Columbus, Georgia. 👻🎃🎭http://ow...
11/01/2020

#HappyHalloween! #EdwinBooth is said to be the ghost that haunts Springer Opera House in Columbus, Georgia. 👻🎃🎭http://ow.ly/U0tJ7

On October 7 1849, #EdgarAllenPoe died mysteriously in #Baltimore, #Maryland. But did you know he was friends with #Juni...
10/09/2020

On October 7 1849, #EdgarAllenPoe died mysteriously in #Baltimore, #Maryland. But did you know he was friends with #JuniusBrutusBoothSr, #19thcentury #shakespeareanactor and father to #EdwinBooth and #JohnWilkesBooth?

Junius Brutus Booth and Edgar Allan Poe were both ground breakers and trend setters in their respective fields. Junius was the greatest actor of his time. The renowned and distinguished tragedian was adored for his on stage performances, but his public image was that of a drunken, even dangerous lunatic at times. Edgar’s literary creations bring to mind images of murderers and madmen, premature burials, and mysterious women who return from the dead. Creator of the detective-fiction genre, his literary classics are burned into the American psyche. Both of these talented creative geniuses struggled with mad bouts fueled by alcohol, and they both were friends. The two drank together and together seized a man who offended them after a play and suspended him “by the breeches on the spikes of a convenient area railing, where they left him kicking and howling while they pursued their tortuous way in gladsome mood.”

#AgnesBooth, born Marian Agnes Land Rookes on 10/4/1843, was an Australian-born American actress and in-law of #JuniusBr...
10/06/2020

#AgnesBooth, born Marian Agnes Land Rookes on 10/4/1843, was an Australian-born American actress and in-law of #JuniusBrutusBoothSr, #JohnWilkesBooth, and #EdwinBooth.

Although there are no records of Agnes Booth's birth or her family's residence in Australia, by her own account she was born in Sydney, New South Wales. She migrated to California with her family in 1858, at the age of about 14. She made her US debut in early 1858 as Agnes Land, performing with her sister Belle at Maguire's Opera House, San Francisco, attracting attention and gaining recognition and managing a season of the Metropolitan theatre in Detroit. In 1861 she married actor Harry A. Perry in San Francisco, but was widowed in 1862. Her six-year apprenticeship with Thomas Maguire allowed her to move from shape actress to leading lady. In 1865 she moved to New York where she appeared at the Winter Garden Theatre. As Agnes Perry, in 1866 she joined the Boston Theatre Company, of which she was a member for several years. In 1867, she was married to #JuniusBrutusBoothJr., actor and theatre manager, and she performed as Agnes Booth thereafter. Junius and Agnes had four children together: actor Junius Brutus III (1868–1912), Algernon (1869–1877), actor Sydney (1873–1937), and Barton (1874–1879). Only two survived to adulthood, and of those two, Junius Brutus III committed suicide in 1912.

“A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse.” #OTD 10/2/1452, King Richard III was born. From Folger Shakespeare Library c...
10/02/2020

“A horse! a horse! my kingdom for a horse.” #OTD 10/2/1452, King Richard III was born. From Folger Shakespeare Library collection, costume worn by #actor #EdwinBooth in the role of #RichardIII. Also playbill from Nov. 4, 1863 from my personal collection.

“Great minds to madness closely are allied. Hamlet’s mind, at the very edge of frenzy, seeks its relief in ribaldry. For...
10/01/2020

“Great minds to madness closely are allied. Hamlet’s mind, at the very edge of frenzy, seeks its relief in ribaldry. For a like reason would my father open, so to speak, the safety valve of levity in some of his most impassioned moments. At the instant of intense emotion, when the spectators were enthralled by his magnetic influence, the tragedian’s overwrought brain would take refuge from its own threatening storm beneath the jester’s hood, and, while turned from the audience, he would whisper some silliness or “make a face.”; but when he left the stage, no allusion to such seeming levity was permitted. His fellow actors who perceived these trivialities ignorantly attributed his conduct at such times to lack of feeling; whereas it was the extreme excess of feeling which thus forced his brain back from the very verge of madness. Only those who have known the torture of severe mental tension can appreciate the value of that one little step from the sublime to the ridiculous.”
-#EdwinBooth on his famous father, actor #JuniusBrutusBoothSr.

Images from LUNA Library, Folger Shakespeare Library
*Junius Brutus Booth, the elder, and Edwin Booth, 1850.
**Junius Brutus Booth Sr as Hamlet

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Ford's Theatre
09/26/2020

Ford's Theatre

People are often surprised to learn that President Abraham Lincoln attended many performances at Ford’s Theatre, and that John Wilkes Booth also performed here regularly. Today in 1863, John Wilkes Booth wrote to Ford’s Theatre owner John T. Ford to arrange his November 2 through November 15 role in the play “The Marble Heart.” Booth also cleared his calendar for the following two weeks in case an extension was wanted, either at Ford’s D.C. or Baltimore theatre. President Lincoln attend the D.C. performance of “The Marble Heart” on November 9, 1863.

View the letter online via our friends at Shapell Manuscript Foundation.
https://www.shapell.org/manuscript/john-wilkes-booth-performs-for-abraham-lincoln

Traveling with his father, #JuniusBrutusBoothSr, whom he endeavoured to keep sane and sober, #EdwinBooth absorbed the ru...
09/11/2020

Traveling with his father, #JuniusBrutusBoothSr, whom he endeavoured to keep sane and sober, #EdwinBooth absorbed the rudiments of acting in the bombastic style then fashionable. He made his #stage debut at the #BostonMuseum on September 10, 1849, in the part of #Tressel to his father’s Richard III in an adaptation of #Shakespeare’s play. Two years later in #NewYorkCity, when his father refused to act one night, Edwin replaced him as Richard III, giving an imitative but creditable performance.

During #EdwinBooth’s courtship of Mollie Devlin (Mollie was Mary’s nickname) the presence of#JuniusBrutusBoothSr, whom M...
08/29/2020

During #EdwinBooth’s courtship of Mollie Devlin (Mollie was Mary’s nickname) the presence of
#JuniusBrutusBoothSr, whom Mollie had never known alive, became almost real to her. “I am often inclined to believe in Spirtualism,” she wrote Edwin. “I feel frequently when alone thinking of you, that your father’s spirit speaks to me, and gives me to see the true nature of his son.” When Mollie died in 1863 (February 21), Edwin himself turned to spiritualism in order find her, and the messages which he received from his father came through as often and clearly as hers did. *

*Excerpt from The #Hamlet of Edwin Booth by Charles Harlen Shattuck

#EdwinBooth’s Boat House, near Newport, Rhode Island, August 6, 1884, photographed by Louise Deshong Woodbridge (America...
08/20/2020

#EdwinBooth’s Boat House, near Newport, Rhode Island, August 6, 1884, photographed by Louise Deshong Woodbridge (American, 1848-1925).

Original advertisement in the Baltimore Sun for #JohnWilkesBooth’s acting debut in Richard III. The play was at the Char...
08/18/2020

Original advertisement in the Baltimore Sun for
#JohnWilkesBooth’s acting debut in Richard III. The play was at the Charles Street Theatre on Tuesday, August 14th, 1855.

HAPPY NATIONAL BOOK LOVER'S DAY!What’s in your bookshelf and what do you like to read? 📚📖🤓
08/09/2020

HAPPY NATIONAL BOOK LOVER'S DAY!
What’s in your bookshelf and what do you like to read? 📚📖🤓

Mammoth Cave National Park
08/08/2020

Mammoth Cave National Park

“Who lives, who dies, who tells your story?”

Edwin Booth was a well-known actor of the 19th century, while famous for his role as Hamlet, his name is best recognized because of his brother – John Wilkes Booth. After John Wilkes assassinated president Lincoln, Edwin struggled in his career. In 1876, Edwin went on an acting tour which brought him close enough to make a visit to Mammoth Cave. He was so impressed with the cave that on another visit Edwin supposedly performed the famous soliloquy from Hamlet at this location in the cave, since referred to as “Booth’s Amphitheater”, which can be seen along the self-guided extended historic tour.

While Edwin Booth’s legacy was eclipsed by the atrocities of his brother, Edwin’s story lives on here at Mammoth Cave.

(Song from "Hamilton" by Lin-Manuel Miranda)

A couple of days ago, I posted about a new #biography on #CharlotteCushman (July 23, 1816 – February 18, 1876), an Ameri...
08/07/2020

A couple of days ago, I posted about a new #biography on #CharlotteCushman (July 23, 1816 – February 18, 1876), an American #stage #actress. She acted alongside #EdwinBooth and #lincolnassassin #JohnWilkesBooth. Did you know she also acted with #MaryDevlin, first wife of #EdwinBooth?

This is rare June 11, 1858 #BostonTheatre #broadside featuring Mary Devlin, acting as #AnneBoleyn in #Shakespeare's #HenryVIII with Charlotte Cushman and E. L. Davenport. Edwin Booth and Mary Devlin were courting at the time. The broadside measures fifteen and a half by seven and a half inches.

#MaryDevlinBooth was an #actress in her own right, and in "The Letters and Notebooks of Mary Devlin Booth" she details her passion for her own career as well as her early relationship, courtship and marriage to Edwin. The letters and notebooks provide an interesting glimpse of #theater life in the 1850's and 1860's, with comments on Edwin Booth's roles and reviews. They married in 1860. Mary Devlin died tragically young of pneumonia on February 21, 1863. She is buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, #massachusetts. Edwin Booth, who died on June 7 1893, is buried beside her and their only daughter Edwina , born in 1861, and her family share the plot.

Can’t wait to order this book on #CharlotteCushman. She acted alongside #EdwinBooth and #JohnWilkesBooth—supposedly givi...
08/04/2020

Can’t wait to order this book on #CharlotteCushman. She acted alongside #EdwinBooth and #JohnWilkesBooth—supposedly giving the latter a scar on his neck that was later used to identify him as #PresidentLincoln’s assassin. #WilliamShakespeare

July 9, 1816, broadside #playbill at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden, London, starring Maria Foote & #juniusbrutusboo...
07/23/2020

July 9, 1816, broadside #playbill at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden, London, starring Maria Foote & #juniusbrutusboothsr. Junius was the patriarch of the famous American Booth #stage #actors of the #19century including #edwinbooth and #lincolnassassin #johnwilkesbooth.

This old school throwback Jeopardy! 1st episode in 1984 is awesome! Of course this would come up! 😁
07/21/2020

This old school throwback Jeopardy! 1st episode in 1984 is awesome! Of course this would come up! 😁

There are only 2 copies of this painting. One at theScottish Rite Museum & Library in Lexington MA and the other at The ...
06/30/2020

There are only 2 copies of this painting. One at the
Scottish Rite Museum & Library in Lexington MA and the other at The Players hanging in #EdwinBooth’s bedroom. I had the privileged of visiting the Scottish Rite a few years ago and this pairing in person. It’s very beautiful. I’m a big fan of hers and she definitely made an impact on Edwin particularly in his acting.

Today, in our Instagram (@srmasonicmuseumlibrary) #staffpick series we shared this portrait of Mary Devlin Booth (1840-1863). The 1883 portrait was commissioned by her husband Edwin Booth twenty years after her death and was chosen by our Director of Library & Archives, Jeff Croteau.

"Even before I knew the story behind this oil painting, I found it haunting and romantic. Its subject is the actor Edwin Booth’s (1833–1893) first wife, sister-in-law of the infamous John Wilkes Booth (1838–1865), Abraham Lincoln’s assassin. Mary Devlin Booth (1840–1863), also an actor, died at the age of 23. Edwin, it seems, never got over her death: Although he remarried, he commissioned this portrait twenty years after her death. He is now buried by her side at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts."

06/28/2020
History In Pictures

History In Pictures

Samuel J. Seymour witnessed the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and lived long enough to tell his story on television in 1956 for the show “I’ve got a secret”. He was 5 years old when his godmother took him to see “Our American Cousin”. He sat in the balcony across from Lincoln’s presidential box. He remembered Lincoln waving and smiling as he made his way to his rocking chair. He heard the gun shot and saw Lincoln slumped forward in his chair. He didn’t understand what happened to Lincoln but was worried about the man who leaped from the box to the stage, John Wilkes Booth. Not long after this he passed away on April 12th, he was 96.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum
06/24/2020

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum

Before he became notorious as a killer, John Wilkes Booth was already famous as an actor. Learn more about it, and see one of Booth's scripts, here: http://ow.ly/JGMX50AfXWY

#HappyFathersDay! Images of #EdwinBooth with Edwina, only daughter with first wife Mary Devlin. #fatheranddaughter #acto...
06/21/2020

#HappyFathersDay! Images of #EdwinBooth with Edwina, only daughter with first wife Mary Devlin. #fatheranddaughter #actor #shakespeare #americantheatre #love

Two months after #JohnWilkesBooth’s heinous crime, capture, and death, a distraught #EdwinBooth dictated a letter to his...
06/21/2020

Two months after #JohnWilkesBooth’s heinous crime, capture, and death, a distraught #EdwinBooth dictated a letter to his friend John B. Murray. Addressed “To the People of the United States” and published in several major newspapers in June 20 1865, it consists of three somber, shame-laden paragraphs in which Edwin speaks of being “prostrated to the very earth by this dreadful event.”

Two copies of the letter—one printed, the other in the handwriting of John B. Murray—are on display in the library of the The Players the private social club for actors that Edwin founded in New York in 1888.

Though Edwin initially decided to retire from the stage in response to his brother’s crime, his audience did not abandon him. In 1866 they turned out in droves to see Edwin reprise his #Hamlet—a role he would continue to play for the next 25 years.

#americantheatre #booththeatrenyc #19century #theatre #shakespeare #actor

On the morning of June 9, 1893, while  #EdwinBooth, #JohnWilkesBooth brother, is being buried in Boston, Massachusetts, ...
06/10/2020

On the morning of June 9, 1893, while #EdwinBooth,
#JohnWilkesBooth brother, is being buried in Boston, Massachusetts, the floors collapse at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C. Excavation in the basement for the installation of an electric plant weakened the foundations of the structure and caused the three floors to collapse. Employees of the Record and Pension Bureau were at work when the crash occurred. Clerks, desks, and heavy file cases fell into the basement. Twenty-two persons were killed and 68 injured in the catastrophe. The interior of the building was restored the following year.

On June 7, 1893, #EdwinBooth passed away at the age of 59 years old in his room at the The Players in #NewYorkCity. He w...
06/09/2020

On June 7, 1893, #EdwinBooth passed away at the age of 59 years old in his room at the The Players in #NewYorkCity. He was considered the greatest tragedian of the American stage in the 19th century.

His acting style was distinctly different from that of his father. While the senior Booth was, like his contemporaries Edmund Kean and William Charles Macready, strong and bombastic, favoring characters such as Richard III, Edwin played more his roles more naturally, with a quiet, thoughtful delivery, tailor made for roles including #Hamlet. This style made him a theatrical superstar.

Booth’s brothers were also actors including #JohnWilkesBooth and #JuniusBrutusBoothJr. In November 1864, the three brothers appeared in a production of #Julius Caesar at the Winter Gardens in New York City. It was the only time that they appeared on stage together. It was a benefit performance and the proceeds were used to erect a statue of
#WilliamShakespeare that still stands in #CentralPark.

After John Wilkes Booth's assassinated #PresidentLincoln on April 14, 1865, the infamy associated with the Booth name forced Edwin to abandon the stage for many months. He made his long awaited return to the stage at the Winter Gardens Theatre in January 1866, playing the title role of Hamlet, his signature role.

Edwin Booth is buried next to his first wife, Mary Devlin, at Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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About Tudor Hall – Tudor Hall is a Gothic Revival cottage located at 17 Tudor Lane, Bel Air, Maryland. Tudor Hall was built in the early 1850s as the dream home of Shakespearian actor Junius Brutus Booth Sr. and his wife Mary Ann. Many of the ten Booth children, including Edwin and John Wilkes, were born in a log house that once existed on the property. Harford County purchased Tudor Hall in 2006. Tudor Hall 17 Tudor Lane Bel Air, MD 21015 Tel: 443-619-0008 Email: [email protected] Website: http://juniusbrutusbooth.org/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SpiritsofTudorHall Twitter: https://twitter.com/SpiritsTH About the Junius B. Booth Society, Inc. – The story of the Maryland Booths and Tudor Hall is fascinating, and the Junius B. Booth Society (JBBS) has an active part in keeping this chapter of our history alive. The Society was incorporated in Maryland in 2006 to educate the public and historians about the history of the Booth family and Tudor Hall, and developed Spirits of Tudor Hall─the tour guide program at Tudor Hall that opens the house for public tours on a regular basis. JBBS is working with Harford county government to turn Tudor Hall into a museum. JBBS also supports the education of the public in: the theatrical arts; other Booth family historical sites in Harford County; the history of owners, slaves, farmers, craftsmen, and others connected to the Tudor Hall farm and Booth related literary works. JBBS also supports the Historical Society of Harford County where Booth related documents and images in their collection are made available to researchers. Mailing address: Junius B. Booth Society 2223 Kentucky Avenue Baltimore, MD 21213 Website: http://juniusbrutusbooth.org/

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Tudor Hall is a Gothic Revival cottage located at 17 Tudor Lane in Bel Air, Maryland. It was built in the early 1850’s as the dream home of Shakespearean actor Junius Brutus Booth Sr. and his wife Mary Ann. Many of the ten Booth children, including Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth (who would later assassinate President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865), were born in a log house that once existed on the property.

Tours of the 1st floor of Tudor Hall are offered 2 Sundays of every month between April and November at 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. $5.00 cash for those ages 13 and older. Please obey the speed limit on Tudor Lane and the Tudor Hall property when visiting. For more info call 443-619-0008 or email at [email protected]. Please check our current schedule on our blog for a day that will fit your schedule at http://spiritsoftudorhall.blogspot.com/.

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I hope any interested in the fascinating history of the Booth family will join me for Booth's Ghost Benefit April 24th - May 3rd at 9pm for online screenings of the previously recorded Booth's Ghost at Minneapolis' Ritz Theatre in 2019. Here's a 2 Minute Trailer.
Picked this up today at Mildred & Company in Port Deposit. So excited!!
And this is Daniel Riker as Asa Trenchard in New Old Theater's production of Our American Cousin
Joseph Jefferson
Getting ready for one crazy road trip! Round one, hoping to see Wrigley Field and enjoy a cubs game!
I do a private literacy campaign, a Maryland Confederate Civil War Display is now in the Western Maryland Room in the Hagerstown Library, it is there thru July & Aug. Display HOURS Tue.1-9, Wed,Thur & Fri 10-5 Sat 10-2 100+ CDV's Westminster Sept & Oct: Towson Library 3rd floor 7 cases in Nov & Dec Lexington Park Jan & Feb: Bel Air Library Mar.19
Does anyone know if Elizabeth Barton Booth had any children? Does anyone know the exact date she died (otherthan March 1994)?
Hi guys! Finally back on stage a project that I completed with a great SOLD OUT many years ago (6 years ago) and I never repeated… until today…! I work again on it cause I received (during these years) many request for this piece, in this forum and in the Booth historic fans community. This isn’t a normal prop… this is a true historic relique. I works hard with the administrator of Boothiebarn and the Surrat House Museum that help me to have the ORIGINAL SCANS of ALL PAGES of the original Booth’s Diary at Ford’s Theatre. I rework all scans and replicated everything in the diary, included secret cutted pages inside (that noone know how and where some pages is cut). Actually a copy of my diary have a special display in the Surrat House Museum and another copy was used for a REAL TV Documentary dedicated to John Wilkes Booth, these are some screenshot that show you my diary in the show (attached on comments) If you want to see it, this is link: https://www.smithsonianchannel.com/videos/how-john-wilkes-booth-deceived-his-abolitionist-fiancee/37789 Documentary is really nice So… this will not be only a prop for one of my best blockbuster movie, National Treasure 2, but this is a true historic piece that you can show to anyone like a perfect copy of the original Diary with the REAL BOOTH’S HANDWRITTING. Talking about the cover, I could tell you that is a work of art itself. Very hard to made, too much complex in every details. First of all, burn the line on the red leather is one thing that proove your patience very much, eheheheh. I also improved covers compared to my last run made years ago! First of all I found a MUCH MORE SOFT leather that allow you to take in your hands and move like a real centenary piece! The two little pockets (postage and tickets) are now real and not only for display (check pics9B. You can use it like a real pocket (in my first version It was sewn so not possible to open). Another thing that I always tried to do with my last covers (but never arrived to do it cause skills was different years ago) is to put a magnet inside the black rear leather. This allow you to close book with the piece of metal near the pocket! For sure it allow you to close cover WITH NO diary inside cause I can't use a strong magnet on it. So this will be a cool thing only if you buy a cover with no book, otherwise you can't use this magnet So these are improved parts compared to my old cover: - Different leather used! Highest quality and very VERY SOFT - Magnet inside black leather - Accurate piece of brass in the outer part of diary - REAL pockets (postage and tickets If you want to read a review of my old version of the John Wilkes Booth’s Diary, you can go in this link and read what people think of it https://boothiebarn.com/2013/04/30/i-have-a-booth-diary/ You can contact me for all details. Limited number available
Worth a visit. More Booth/Lincoln history than just John and Abe.
I should have looked further down the Facebook posts. See the tour beings at 1 PM Sunday August 20th.
What time does the Tudor Hall house tour start on Sunday August 20th? My husband Dean left a voice mail message today and he is interested in taking the tour. He attempted to send an email message, but it may have not gone through? Thanks so much and have a good day!
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