John Wilkes Booth was ninth of ten children of famous British-American actor Junius Brutus Booth. The Booth family lived on a farm in Bel Air, which Junius named Tudor Hall, and later had a house on Exeter Street in Baltimore.
Junius Booth was a hard-drinking, eccentric, anti-authoritarian figure. He was one of the most celebrated performers of his day, the country’s leading Shakespearian actor. Three of his sons followed into the acting profession Edwin Thomas, John Wilkes, and Junius Brutus, Jr. All three were well-known in the theatre.
As a teenager John Wilkes attended St. Timothy’s Hall, an Episcopal military academy in Catonsville. He made his stage debut in 1855, when he was 17 years old. His career took off during the late 1850s. An outspoken pro-Confederate, John Wilkes performed throughout the North and South as the Civil War erupted. He frequently appeared at Ford’s Theater, where he shot President Lincoln on April 14, 1865.
Tudor Hall is now home to Harford County’s Center for the Arts. Tours are conducted by a docent on a regular basis.
Visiting John Wilkes Booth’s Grave
John Wilkes is buried in an unmarked grave in the Booth family plot at Green Mount Cemetery, 1501 Greenmount Avenue, in plot -10 of the Dogwood area. GPS: 39° 18.427′, W 076° 36.362′
The main obelisk is in memorial to Junius Brutus, Sr. Several other family members are in the plot, including Edwin and Junius, Jr. John Wilkes is reportedly interred along with three other family members in an unmarked area behind the obelisk.