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Tudor Hall, Bel Air

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Tudor Hall is a historic home located at Bel Air, Harford County, Maryland, United States. It is a ​1 1⁄2-story Gothic Revival cottage built of painted brick. The house was built as a country retreat by Junius Brutus Booth (1796–1852) from Plates 44 and 45, Design XVII, of The Architect, by William H. Ranlett, 1847. However, Booth never lived in Tudor Hall, because he died before it was completed. His son Edwin Booth lived there only briefly on his return from California before he moved the family back into Baltimore. But his other son, John Wilkes Booth, lived there with his mother, brother Joseph, and two sisters from December 1852 through most of 1856.

After the family moved out, they rented the home to the King family and later sold it to Sam Kyle and Ella Mahoney. She lived in Tudor Hall for 70 years and opened a museum. After her death the house passed through a succession of owners, including the Worthington family, who owned the Aegis newspaper. Finally the house was sold to the Foxes, who reopened Mahoney's museum.

Tudor Hall was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. A modification to its listing, to decrease its boundaries, was registered in 1982. After the Preservation Association of Tudor Hall (PATH) collapsed, Tudor Hall was sold to the Bakers and later to Harford County, who are now in possession of the historic home.

The house is currently the home of the Junius B. Booth Society, a group of volunteers dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the historic home. Tudor Hall is open for tours on select Sundays from April until November and during special events hosted by the Society.
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  • Don't miss this historical gem not far from the center of the old town of Bel Air, MD. History buffs, theater enthusiasts and architecture lovers will find this tour very interesting. The...  more »
  • Only open for tours, this site is definitely worth the visit! The presentations are incredibly in-depth for being a mere 45 minutes in length each. The volunteers are incredibly passionate about the.....  more »
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  • He was my childhood hero, so happy to see the house outside of pictures!
  • Lovely and informative museum that beautifully illustrates the history of the Booth family. Vivid panels tell the story. The house is well-maintained and tidy. Our tour guide, a former teacher, passionately recounted the tragic story of this complicated American family. Will certainly return.

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