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President Lincoln's Cottage

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Address: 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW and Upshur Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20011-8400
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+1 202-829-0436
09:30 - 16:30
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Known as the "Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation". The...

Known as the "Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation". The Cottage is where Lincoln lived with his family at the height of the Civil War. The Cottage is located on a picturesque hilltop in Northwest Washington, DC. Opened to the public for the first time in 2008 after being restored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Cottage is the only designated National Monument in DC and the only National Monument in the country that is operated by a non-profit. Guided tours of the Cottage focus on Lincoln's ideas and offer visitors an intimate view of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and private life. Visitors are also invited to browse exhibits in the adjacent Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center. Tickets are required for entry to the Cottage, and advanced ticket purchase is strongly recommended. Weekend tours often sell out completely.

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Lovely piece of DC history

Now a few minutes away, it is hard to believe this little house was once a suburban sanctuary for Lincoln. The tour will give you a feel for what DC was like 150 years ago in... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Fairfax, Virginia
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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Now a few minutes away, it is hard to believe this little house was once a suburban sanctuary for Lincoln. The tour will give you a feel for what DC was like 150 years ago in another age

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We visited on an unseasonably warm day in early January. Our party of 5 arrived before 11am (hoping to get on the 11am tour) and met Phoebe who was to be our guide. One other person joined us. Phoebe was one of the best guides we have ever had the pleasure of showing us around. She was engaging, bright, articulate,... More 

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Bismarck, North Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First of all I had no idea this place even existed. If it weren't for my best friend who knows I have a passion for Abraham Lincoln I would of missed this amazing attraction. Abraham Lincoln would come to the summer cottage to get away from the continuous business at the White House. Mary, his sons, and him would take... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Perhaps one of the most overlooked and unappreciated historic sites in Washington, D.C., is President Abraham Lincoln's cottage at the Soldiers' Home, where Lincoln and other presidents resided to escape the heat and political pressure of downtown Washington. Located at 140 Rock Creek Church Road Northwest and Upshur Street Northwest, near the Petworth and Park View neighborhoods, the cottage is... More 

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Clearwater, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This has been on my list of to-dos since our son moved to DC. Five years later he and his wife are locating to Georgia. My daughter-in-law got tickets for us to go while visiting for Christmas. SO worth it. The docent was very well educated about the property and very interesting. We were standing in the cottage that the... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a different kind of tour. You are in small groups about 20 and its more interactive like a conversation rather than a traditional tour. The tour is talks about Lincoln and his ideas rather than items and the house. I enjoyed it but be prepared. The cottage site in a dutifully grounds and has a great history. I... More 

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Lexington, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We didn't know anything about Lincoln's Cottage until we Googled what to see while in D.C. and so happy we did. The docent was very enthusiastic about the subject. There were things we didn't know about the man. I did not know that he rode his horse from the cottage to the White House every morning and that there were... More 

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Annville, PA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

Make sure to leave in plenty of time before visiting - as we sat in about an hour's worth of traffic before arriving. The home is situated in a retired veteran's / military grounds for men & women who have served over 20 years in the military or served in combat. There are still over 500 people living on the... More 

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Haymarket, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

We've lived in the Virginia suburbs of DC for more than 30 years and decided on a whim to visit Lincoln's cottage with our 13 and 15 year old granddaughters. We were not disappointed. The house itself is on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in northwest Washington, DC. It is a quiet place that once served as... More 

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East Brunswick, NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

Having seen most of the highlights (and there are so many!) in Washington, DC, we set out to explore some of the lesser-known historic attractions. My daughter and I were extremely impressed by the exceptional skills of docent Phoebe who told anecdotes about the President, his wife, family, and visitors that really showed all sides of Lincoln and allowed us... More 

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