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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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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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Frederick Douglass National Historic Site – January 2016

This is an excellent museum away from the normal Washington, DC tourist sites. The National Park Service Rangers do an excellent job providing information on a great American... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This is an excellent museum away from the normal Washington, DC tourist sites. The National Park Service Rangers do an excellent job providing information on a great American: Frederick Douglass. The facility has both a visitor center and a museum. Advice: call ahead and/or book tickets in advance as only so many people are able to tour the home at... More 

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Delray Beach, FL, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Google's Homepage is featuring Frederick Douglass on this first day of February 2016 Black History Month. That prompted my memory of finally getting to visit the Washington, DC home of Frederick Douglass while attending the 1st inauguration for President Barack Obama in January, 2009. (Forced to choose March, 2015). I was thrilled beyond belief. Frederick Douglass is one of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Shame on us. We've lived in DC 10 years, and had not visited Frederick Douglass' home before Christmas Eve day last week. I offer this review as a plea to those visiting DC not to make the same mistake. For most visitors, this will be a drive a bit out of your way, but it will be well worth your... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

Going back to this historic site after so many years was phenomenal!! I had visited several years ago with my Mom and nephew when he was 10. He will be 21 next year. This time, I took my brother (49), Stepmom (74) and a 92 .year old who all loved it. This house sits on top of a hill where... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

After numerous visits to DC for both business and pleasure- it bothered me that I had never been to this house. I am a big admirer of Douglass's writing and life work. A local friend drove us here, it is accessible by public transit but she advised me that that would be a bit sketchy. In summer you can get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Visitor Center and parking is at 15th and W. House itself is up the Hill (and there are more than 50 steps to get up ther). There is a walkway around the side of the house, but we did not know about this at the time. There is a shop and a 17 minute film about Douglass' life and influence.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Greatly enjoyed our visit to the national historic site, which includes a visitors center and Frederick Douglass's home, Cedar Hill. There is no fee for the center or the home, but you can only visit the home on their tour. The house sits on a high hill with a commanding view of DC--impressive! The visitors center is nice, with a... More 

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Monrovia, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

We toured this home which was wonderful to see. The tour was with DC in Black which was also a great tour for all to see

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Amazing house and amazing story. We did decided to visit places in DC that we had not seen yet. This is only a mile from our house but we never visited. Warning. it is in a less than desirable location. nice little museum at the bottom but not much to look at. there are a few artifacts here and the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

This often overlooked site deserves more visitors. I came for the a Sunday morning tour with a family member. The introductory film was a bit dated but provided good history. The small museum had several interesting items, including one of Frederick Douglass' canes that was a gift from Abraham Lincoln. The main site is the house, which park rangers do... More 

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