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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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A SMALL BUT SPARKLING GEM

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Montgomery Village, Maryland
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Montgomery Village, Maryland
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221 reviews 221 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

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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washington, d.c.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Not on the mall, but interesting site to visit. Frederick Douglass's story is an inspiring one told through a brief video and house tour. Many of the artifacts and most of the furniture is original ( preserved by his second wife's). In addition, the house is beautifully set on a hill overlooking DC. Be sure to reserve online through the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

My hubby and I lived less than 5 miles from this place and we finally went last weekend. Make sure you reserve your spot on the as you cannot just walk in and walk around inside. It is well worth the trip. Frederick Douglas' s 2nd wife did an amazing job preserving his legacy for all to see. The amount... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I didn't tour the house but instead just walked outside it and went into the visitor center. The outside of the house looks nice. The visitor center was small and the movie seemed outdated with bad acting. I would have liked to tour the house but that was poor planning on my part. I knew you could only enter the... More 

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Gilbert
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We enjoyed our tour of the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site. Many of the original furnishings are in the house. The tour guide was extremely informative about Frederick Douglass and the family.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

Located in Southeast DC, this is one site that does not receive the credit it deserves. The site is extremely informative about the late abolitionist's life. Also, the grounds are beautiful. You won't experience crowds, which is a plus and a minus.

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We enjoyed the tour and the film, that provided additional history on Frederick Douglass and his legacy.

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Herndon, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Definitely worth a visit! I had obviously heard of Frederick Douglass from history class if nothing else, but it's great to learn more about this impressive man. The house itself is beautiful and has a wonderful view of Washington, DC. The tour was a good length and covered good information, using the pieces on display as references. One thing I'll... More 

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