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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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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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

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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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

It's getting 5 stars because it is very worth a visit to learn more about the man, even all the way over in Anacostia. This is the last place of several that he lived and where he died. Wonderful view of DC and the opportunity to sit on the porch a spell. Maybe the site doesn't get as much love... More 

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Lake Worth, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

AWESOME experience from history! Make a reservation for the tour, though. We drove an hour only to be told that the tours were full. Luckily, the tour guide waved us over out of pity. The museum and home tell the story beautifully. I enjoyed the movie of his life and the small museum, but really it was the house tour... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

I've always wanted to see this place and finally got a chance to make an online reservation to view the inside home. The grounds are free to walk around, but to see the inside home you will need to pay $1.50 in advance and it requires reservations 24 hrs before the visit. (http://www.nps.gov/frdo/planyourvisit/guidedtours.htm). Unfortunately, due to the high crime rate... More 

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Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

As a resident of the Metro area I had never visited this site until this summer. Although I almost wasn't able to navigate the 85 steps to the front of the house, I'm glad I persevered. (Note to those for whom that many steps are a challenge: there is a paved path to the side of the house as an... More 

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charlotte, nc
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This is one of DC's best kept secrets in terms of historical monuments. The house is a tribute to the amazing man and legacy of Douglass. The house sits atop a huge hill, so if anyone in your party has a handicapped placard, you can drive up the hill and park there. The ranger presentation in the house provides a... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Our son, a high school history teacher in DC, suggested we visit the Frederick Douglass house during our recent visit. We were glad he did, because the site, although away from the main tourist attractions, is very much worth visiting. We learned a lot about Mr. Douglass and his family while touring the house. Visitors can wander the grounds without... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

This was an excellent house tour! I was honestly a little worried it would be all about slavery and overcoming oppression and bondage, which is what I seem to hear in every historic house museum these days. I was so pleased that not only it was all about the house and Frederick Douglas's life and family there. I found it... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 via mobile

We have visited the D.C. area numerous times, but this time decided to do something different. We looked online and found information about the Frederick Douglass home in the Anacostia neighborhood. To visit, you are required to purchase tickets online through the National Parks service. We allowed plenty of time to take the Metro and walk several blocks to the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

This is one of the most important sites in the Washington DC area. The house has many of the original pieces owned by Frederick Douglass who lived there when he served as an elder statesman. One can only enter the house in the company of a Park Service tour guide. We had an excellent guide and an informative and pleasant... More 

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