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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 #41 of 252 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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30 reviews 30 reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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North Dakota
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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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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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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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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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33 reviews 33 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 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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Springfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

As a long admirer of Frederick Douglass, this was the place to go to learn more about him and his inspirational legacy. The home itself is perched on a hilltop with views of the Capitol and the Washington Monument, quite a surprise. The Ranger-led tour, true to form, was educational, enlightening and entertaining. This is a little-visited gem in the... More

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Evanston
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

There is his magnificent home and tours appear to be limited. The film of his life is very dated and needs to be redone with more depth and breadth to his historic achievements and imp;act.

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Georgia
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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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8 reviews 8 reviews
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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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