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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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Frederick Douglass house -- informative

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Gilbert
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77 reviews 77 reviews
28 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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62 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
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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UK
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30 reviews 30 reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

We booked the half hour tour of the Frederick Douglass House in advance and it was well worth it. The area is not one tourists would generally visit but we drove out to it from our hotel in Arlington. We were greeted warmly at the visitor centre and everything we needed to know about the tour was explained. We made... More 

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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We really appreciated that the Frederick Douglas house is filled with the original furnishings, just as it was when he died. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, and patiently answered questions asked by some of the schoolkids on the tour, who obviously knew almost nothing about Frederick Douglas. The house is on a high hill with a great view, and there... More 

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WashingtonDC
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77 attraction reviews
291 helpful votes 291 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

I always read about the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site on the list of things for locals to do in DC. Because I was in Anacostia for Yelp! 10-year anniversary party, I decided to visit other places in Anacostia. I'm glad I did. I did some advanced work and reserved tickets online. Even though the tour itself is free, there... More 

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Detroit, Michigan
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23 reviews 23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I have been to the Frederick Douglass House in S.E. Washington several times and I continue to see things there that I missed in previous visits. I love the film of his life that is shown in the visitor's center and bought it so that I could share it with my 3rd-5th graders at school. The gift shop has several... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I have to be truthful the visit was disappointing. I took my teenager daughters by car service to this place because we are really impressed by the work of Frederick Douglass. The house and items are well preserved but none of the other buildings he used on the property are open, the visitor center is falling apart, the film is... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
20 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

As a native Washingtonian, I thought that I had seen most of DC and many sites a gazillion times until I visited the Frederick Douglass House. It was like walking back in time and everything was preserved as it was when he lived there. Such an intimate place and such an wonderful look at such an accomplished man. In contrast... More 

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