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Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

1411 W Street, S.E., Washington DC, DC 20020-4813
202-426-5961
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Ranked #26 of 241 attractions in Washington DC
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: Honoring the most famous African-American, this National Historic Site consists of Douglass' home and a visitor center and is dedicated to preserving... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

The home and its contents are beautifully preserved. The ranger gave a decent tour and context of Mr. Douglas' life, however, I would encourage visitors to read at least a juvenile non-fiction book before visiting. He accomplished so much more than the ranger could cover during the tour. The mention of his life's focus on education (gaining and sharing) was... More

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Cypress, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

We really enjoyed touring Frederick Douglas' house. Tour guide was great. Save some time to watch the 20 minute video in the visitor center. Also, reserve a spot online before driving ouit.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

The Frederick Douglass House is a must see site in your sightseeing in Washington, DC. View the introductory video before you take the guided tour of Frederick Douglass' house. It provides an excellent foundation to what you are about to see and is a rather full history of Mr. Douglass, the man. Also enjoy the wonderful views of the District... More

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

I have visited DC several times and seen most of the big museums and monuments. I happened upon this while planning my trip, and I'm so glad that I went. It was worth the trek out to Anacostia to see where one of my personal heroes spent his last days. The exhibits and statue in the Visitor's Center were great.... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013 via mobile

We drove in a very early Sunday morning. The place opens at 9am. And the first house visit is also at that time. We watched a very interesting video in the visitor center which should not be missed. Then we headed to the house and had an excellent tour by a very knowledgeable ranger. The house is well preserved and... More

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Kailua Kona, HI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Got to visit the house with original stuff in it. It is a short drive out of DC area but well worth it.

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Kansas City
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

Frederick Douglass's home in south Washington DC is well worth the trip. First, he was a truly amazing man. Second, the house is well preserved with many of his artifacts. The tour guides are well informed and helpful. And the view of Washington from his front lawn in probably the finest in the entire city.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2013

I visited the Frederick Douglass National HIstoric Site with three elementary school aged children. We called on the way there to sign up for the tour and were able to get in, no problems for the 9:00 AM tour on a summer weekday. There is a free parking lot at the site. The visitor center (right next door to the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

Entry is free but you must have a ticket to get in from the NPS. The FD house has been very well maintained and looks like it did while he was alive. His furniture, books, paintings, dishes, personal belongings etc. are on display. The park ranger did an excellent job in telling us the story of Frederick Douglass' life and... More

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Manassas, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

This is a very busy historic site. Well worth the advance planning, but do reserve the tickets at least a day ahead - that is the only way to guarantee a tour. People are turned away everyday because of full tours.

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