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Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

1411 W Street, S.E., Washington DC, DC 20020-4813
+1 202-426-5961
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Amazing Ranger Talk

Excellent tour with John as tour guide. He was very knowledgeable about Frederick Douglass and made... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Howard R
via mobile
Very thorough tour

Excellent and thorough tour. Great to be on a small tour with a very knowledgable ranger. The... read more

Reviewed 18 May 2017
Burnsville, MN
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Honoring the most famous African-American, this National Historic Site consists of Douglass' home and a visitor center and is dedicated to preserving his legacy of work on behalf of African Americans.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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1411 W Street, S.E., Washington DC, DC 20020-4813
+1 202-426-5961
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent tour with John as tour guide. He was very knowledgeable about Frederick Douglass and made the tour interesting. Beautiful views of surrounding area. Book your ticket online because group size is limited.

Thank Howard R
Reviewed 18 May 2017

Excellent and thorough tour. Great to be on a small tour with a very knowledgable ranger. The artifacts are well kept, but the details about Douglass' life are what made this tour exceptional. Great views from the property of the DC area. Best to arrive...More

Thank mnmama7
Reviewed 30 March 2017

One of the fun off the beaten path spots in DC. As 40+ year residents of DC, always like to find something new and different to see. Go to the Visitor's Center, see the short film and then take the 30 minute guided tour. (Either...More

Thank LesJoEllen
Reviewed 28 March 2017

Excellent opportunity to see the home of Mr.Douglas up close and personal. The guide was knowledgeable. Out of the way of popular sites but it is a short 10 minute Lyfte ride to the site.

Thank Sunny S
Reviewed 26 March 2017

Of course it's interesting to visit Frederick Douglass's actual house. Tour guides seem to be hit or miss - ours was average, felt like he had maybe just started, the one after us sounded like she really knew some interesting stories. Make sure to reserve...More

Thank Micaela M
Reviewed 25 March 2017

Having seen most of the tourist sites around the National Mall, I was looking for something different. The Douglass house sits high on a hill overlooking DC, Maryland and Virginia. You start at the Visitor Center, which is relatively small, and you wait for the...More

1  Thank FuzzyKat
Reviewed 13 March 2017

We learned a great deal about Fredrick Douglas visiting his home. The house is very well preserved. We were tickled to know that Mr. Douglass live such a rich life in a time when people of color dent have those privileges.

Thank CruisinNana2015
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

My wife and I visited the Douglass Monument last weekend. We were lucky in getting two slots on one of the house tours, as they can be hard to come by on weekend days. The NPS ranger and intern who conducted the tour were engaging...More

Thank Jonathan R
Reviewed 24 February 2017

God put us at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site on a slow tourism day when we were able to get into the tour without advance tickets. The tour is inspiring! Don't go unless you can do the tour. It lasts about 1 hour and...More

2  Thank Acts17_24-27
Reviewed 8 February 2017 via mobile

After looking at several websites, we decided to venture across the Anacostia River to the Frederick Douglas site. It's an easy trip on the "gold" Circulator bus from the Potomac Avenue Metro toward Skylands. It's a part of DC that we hadn't been before, through...More

Thank RichardinOhio
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Rachel T
Why was this memorial created?
4 June 2015|
Response from Cdnew1980 |
Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery in Maryland and rose to become a national leader of the abolitionist movement. He was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman.
Rachel T
Who created this memorial and why? Is there a significance to this location on why the house is built here?
2 June 2015|
Response from Timothy R | Reviewed this property |
The memorial is based in the house Mr. Douglass bought when he was working in DC, so is there because of the house.