John Wilkes Booth died on the front porch of the Garrett family’s farm in rural Port Royal, Va., nearly 149 years ago. Now that spot is a weed-covered median strip on busy Route 301.

Tourists tramp over mud and sticker bushes to see the spot where President Lincoln’s assassin was shot by a Union officer. Bus drivers warn visitors to beware of the speeding cars as they exit tour buses.

The tobacco barn where Sgt. Boston Corbett shot Booth on April 26, 1865, stood downhill from the house then. Now, cars zip between the site of the tobacco barn and the spot where the house stood, because the northbound traffic lanes cross the old farm.

Source: John Wilkes Booth’s Escape Route tour, sponsored by The Surratt Society at