Junius B. Booth Society, Inc.
Tudor Hall Tours, 2013
The historic Tudor Hall is a fascinating piece of our nationís history. When you visit, youíll connect to the story of the Maryland Booths who left their mark on America forever. Youíll walk where they walked, lived, played, worked, and dreamed. When you visit, history comes alive. The property and first floor of Tudor Hall will be open to visitors this spring at 1:00 & 2:00 PM on the following dates: April 7 & 21, May 5 & 19, June 2 & 16 & 30, July 14 & 28, August 11 & 25, September 8 & 22, October 6 & 20, November 3. Admission is $5.00 for those age 13 and older. The gift shop includes books which delve into the absorbing history of the Booths. For more information: 443-619-0008 or SpiritsOfTudorHall@gmail.com.
What To Expect When You Visit Tudor Hall
Please drive slowly and carefully on Tudor Lane and on the drive inside the Tudor Hall property. A number of children live and play on Tudor Lane, and the grounds of Tudor Hall are popular with local children, their pets, and local wildlife. Since children and animals are not always alert to danger, drivers need to be EXTRA cautious on their behalf. Thank you.
While housing developments have steadily invaded the neighborhood surrounding Tudor Hall, the grounds still magically retain much of their rural charm and are generally open to the public from dawn to dusk every day of the year. Due to limited paved parking, finding a dry place to park can be difficult when the grounds are wet and muddy due to heavy rains or melting snow. Please avoid parking on the grass when the grounds are wet as your vehicle may become seriously stuck and assistance freeing your vehicle may not be readily available.
At the current time, the office of the Cultural Arts Board is located on the first floor. The other rooms on the first floor are used as meeting space and are furnished accordingly. The offices of the Center for the Arts occupy all the rooms on the second floor. As a result, visitors are not invited upstairs.
Tudor Hall has not been restored and is not furnished with period furniture. Spirits of Tudor Hall guides wear modern clothing rather than period costumes, although historically accurate costumes may be introduced in the future.
The guides provide an overview of the entire Booth family, including Junius Brutus Booth Sr., his wife Mary Ann, and their children Junius Jr., Rosalie, Edwin, Asia, John Wilkes, and Joseph. In addition, a brief history of the Booth farm and Tudor Hall is presented. Some limited information about the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln by John Wilkes Booth is included. However, the primary goal is to inform visitors about the history of the entire Booth family and Tudor Hall. This information will help visitors place John Wilkes within the context of his family and the rural/small town community where he was born and spent much of his childhood.
DIRECTIONS: When Tudor Hall's gate is not open to visitors, if you drive by, you will not see anything. The neighbors are very sensitive about traffic. After you call and are sure it is open, take Route 22 east from Bel Air or west from Aberdeen. Between Fountain Green and Prospect Mill Roads you will find Tudor Lane. At the end of Tudor Lane, follow a narrow driveway back to Tudor Hall.