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Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

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Address: 1411 W Street, S.E., Washington DC, DC 20020-4813
Phone Number: 202-426-5961
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Description: Honoring the most famous African-American, this National Historic Site...
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.
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One of DC's best kept secrets

This is one of DC's best kept secrets in terms of historical monuments. The house is a tribute to the amazing man and legacy of Douglass. The house sits atop a huge hill, so... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
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charlotte, nc

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charlotte, nc
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This is one of DC's best kept secrets in terms of historical monuments. The house is a tribute to the amazing man and legacy of Douglass. The house sits atop a huge hill, so if anyone in your party has a handicapped placard, you can drive up the hill and park there. The ranger presentation in the house provides a... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Our son, a high school history teacher in DC, suggested we visit the Frederick Douglass house during our recent visit. We were glad he did, because the site, although away from the main tourist attractions, is very much worth visiting. We learned a lot about Mr. Douglass and his family while touring the house. Visitors can wander the grounds without... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 531 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

This was an excellent house tour! I was honestly a little worried it would be all about slavery and overcoming oppression and bondage, which is what I seem to hear in every historic house museum these days. I was so pleased that not only it was all about the house and Frederick Douglas's life and family there. I found it... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 via mobile

We have visited the D.C. area numerous times, but this time decided to do something different. We looked online and found information about the Frederick Douglass home in the Anacostia neighborhood. To visit, you are required to purchase tickets online through the National Parks service. We allowed plenty of time to take the Metro and walk several blocks to the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

This is one of the most important sites in the Washington DC area. The house has many of the original pieces owned by Frederick Douglass who lived there when he served as an elder statesman. One can only enter the house in the company of a Park Service tour guide. We had an excellent guide and an informative and pleasant... More 

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MOBILE
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

I had the opportunity to visit the Douglass site on May 14, 2015. I had been here 20+ years ago, and I just wanted to stop by and see it again. I did not go inside the home, but I really got to chill out a few quality minutes on the property. I also had the chance to view the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Need to better announce that tours fill up quickly. Not conveniently located to other sites in DC, so being told come back in 5 hours isn't reasonable. Place was virtually empty, yet we were told tours were full. Visitors Center needs updating. Film is way out of date.

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Montgomery Village, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

The Park Rangers who show the interpretive video in the small theater attached can answer all your questions about the life and historic times of Douglas. Make sure to see the video and to take the walking tour. Residents who live in the Anacostia neighborhood and in the SE quadrant of DC take great pride in having the Douglas home... More 

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Missouri City, Texas, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

About a 15 minute walk from the Anacostia Metro station. The tour was fun! We viewed the whole house in about 30 minutes. My tour guide was Mark and he was very knowledgeable not just about Frederick Douglass, but also what things were like back then. He was able to answer all of my questions. You get to see a... More 

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Wentzville, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

We thought twice about coming here, as it required a drive, which we avoid in DC if possible. We are very glad we made the trip, however. This is a gem of a National Historic Site. Make sure you schedule a tour before you come. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly, leading us through the house and explaining... More 

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Additional Information about Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Address: 1411 W Street, S.E., Washington DC, DC 20020-4813
Phone Number: 202-426-5961
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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