Home where John Wilkes Booth sought help sold at auction

Wilkes Booth shot and killed Abraham Lincoln in 1865. (Photo: Wikimedia)

KING GEORGE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia home with ties to the man who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln has a new owner.

Ed Veazey bought Cleydael at auction last week for $141,000. The 77-year-old retired Navy captain led a restoration of the home in King George County in the late 1980s and later developed subdivisions around it.

Veazey told The Free Lance-Star that he wants to preserve Cleydael but he'll need help to restore it.

Built in 1859, Cleydael was the summer home for Dr. Richard Stuart and his family. Stuart refused to aid John Wilkes Booth when Booth arrived on April 23, 1865 seeking medical help. Federal troops captured and killed Booth the next morning.