“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Port Royal in Caroline County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)

Port Royal

Booth Turned Away


—John Wilkes Booth – Escape of an Assassin —

Port Royal Civil War Trails Marker image. Click for full size.
May 26, 2007
1. Port Royal Civil War Trails Marker
Inscription. In front of you is the Brockenbrough-Peyton House where fugitives John Wilkes Booth and David Herold accompanied by three former Confederate soldiers arrived about 2:30 pm April 24, 1865, 10 days after Booth shot Lincoln.

The owner, Randolph Peyton, was not at home when the group arrived. His sister, Sarah Jane Peyton, admitted the men. Booth was described as a wounded Confederate soldier looking for a place to stay.

Booth made himself at home in the parlor, but Miss Peyton soon reconsidered and told the group that it would be improper for them to stay when the man of the house was not home. She directed them to the Garrett Farm.

(Sidebar): The Garrett Farm
Richard Henry Garrett operated a modest farm about three miles south of here. Booth and company arrived there during the afternoon of April 24, 1865. While Booth settled in with the Garretts, Federal soldiers were closing fast. In the early morning hours of April 26, members of the 16th New York Cavalry cornered Booth and Herold in the Garrett tobacco barn. Herold surrendered, but Booth stayed in the barn, which was set on fire. Booth made a break for the door but was shot. He died on the Garrett house front porch. Herold was later executed.
Erected by Maryland Civil War Trails.
Marker series.
Brockenbrough-Peyton House image. Click for full size.
May 26, 2007
2. Brockenbrough-Peyton House
This marker is included in the Maryland Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 38° 10.228′ N, 77° 11.465′ W. Marker is in Port Royal, Virginia, in Caroline County. Marker is at the intersection of King Street and Caroline Street, on the left when traveling north on King Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Port Royal VA 22535, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Fox Tavern: A Colonial Landmark (within shouting distance of this marker); The Sacred Lot (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Port Royal (about 500 feet away); Dorothy Roy (about 500 feet away); Old Port Royal (about 600 feet away); The Earliest Inhabitants: Native Americans (about 700 feet away); Port Royal Harbor (approx. 0.2 miles away); This monument, until 1983 located on the Belle Grove Lawn (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Royal.
More about this marker. On the left is a photo of The Brockenbrough-Peyton House which "was built in the mid-1700s and was considered one of the finest homes in Port Royal in its day. The entry hallway, where Booth briefly relaxed, is pictured here. Its ornate woodwork was sold to the Nelson-Atkins Art Gallery in Kansas City, Mo., where
Peyton-Brockenbrough image. Click for full size.
By Christopher J Shelton, April 28, 2018
3. Peyton-Brockenbrough
it is now on display.

In the side bar is drawing showing "Booth's escape came to an end in a burning barn on the Garrett farm." On the right is a map showing Booth's escape route with stars indicating Civil War Trails sites.

While standing in Virginia, this marker is part of the Maryland Civil War Trails series.
Also see . . .  Historic Homes in Port Royal. The town of Port Royal has a fair number of historic homes in addition to the Brockenbrough-Peyton House. (Submitted on January 5, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.) 
Additional keywords. John Wilkes Booth Escape Route
Categories. War, US Civil
Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 4, 2008. This page has been viewed 4,823 times since then and 181 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 4, 2008.   3. submitted on August 29, 2018, by Christopher J Shelton of Indianapolis, Indiana. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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