By Fran Lane

Tudor Hall is a big piece of Maryland history. It’s the house John Wilkes Booth grew up in with his mother, brother, and two sisters.

Just outside Bel Air, Maryland, Tudor Hall is a one and a half story Gothic Revival style cottage built by the famous Shakespearian actor Junius Brutus Booth.

After moving to America and living in Baltimore, Junius bought land in Harford County and built a log house. In 1822, Junius moved the log house next present location of Tudor Hall. For the next 30 years, Junius added onto the log house until he built the Gothic Revival house that stands today. It is said Asia Booth, younger sister of John Wilkes Booth, named the house “Tudor Hall”.

Though the famous tragedian Junius Brutus Booth died before the completion of the final additions to the house, he was a gentleman farmer on the property when he wasn’t acting. He was the first in the area to use bone meal as fertilizer for his crops. Two of Junius’ children followed their father into the acting profession—Edwin Booth and John Wilkes Booth. Edwin became one of the greatest actors of his time. Though John was a rising actor, he is known today as the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln.

In her book, John Wilkes Booth, A Sister’s Memoir, Asia Booth describes the wonderful times she shared with her brother John Wilkes growing up at Tudor Hall. When you visit, History comes alive.
The next tours of the first floor of Tudor Hall will take place on Sunday, October 20 and November 3, at 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. For more information and tour days, check out this link

Tudor Hall


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