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President Lincoln's Cottage

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Address: 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW and Upshur Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20011-8400
Phone Number: 202-829-0436
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9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Known as the "Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation". The...

Known as the "Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation". The Cottage is where Lincoln lived with his family at the height of the Civil War. The Cottage is located on a picturesque hilltop in Northwest Washington, DC. Opened to the public for the first time in 2008 after being restored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Cottage is the only designated National Monument in DC and the only National Monument in the country that is operated by a non-profit. Guided tours of the Cottage focus on Lincoln's ideas and offer visitors an intimate view of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and private life. Visitors are also invited to browse exhibits in the adjacent Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center. Tickets are required for entry to the Cottage, and advanced ticket purchase is strongly recommended. Weekend tours often sell out completely.

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Fascinating visit to President Lincoln's Cottage

Just three miles from the White House is one of Washington's little known gems: President Abraham Lincoln's "cottage." Located on the grounds of a home for retired and disabled... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Eric S
Fairfax, Virginia

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Fairfax, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Just three miles from the White House is one of Washington's little known gems: President Abraham Lincoln's "cottage." Located on the grounds of a home for retired and disabled soldiers dating to the 1850's, this was a retreat for Lincoln and his family during the Civil War. Rob was a terrific guide--passionate and informative. A little tricky to find so... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited the site on a recent weekday. I needed my GPS to find it (make sure you read the website to get the CORRECT address), but parking was easy when we arrived. The welcome center is very well set up, with videos and exhibits. The cottage itself is spartan, to say the least. However, it reflects the Lincoln family's... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our book club visited here during a 3-day annual trip to DC. We all agreed that it was an outstanding experience. Rob was a passionate and knowledgeable guide who happily spent a lot of time talking to us. For all Lincoln Learners, this place is a must-see!

1 Thank Jodie S
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I need to politely say I wouldn't do this again. I'd recommend The Ford's Theater. The tour just wasn't worth the money, nor the time.

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Norfolk, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were introduced to this National treasure through a TravelZoo coupon. We took a bus to the Old Soldier's Home grounds and walked to the visitor's center. The tour met there and watched a short movie before walking over to the house. The house is not furnished for the most part but the staff has done a nice job using... More 

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Ellicott City, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

My husband and I had never heard of President Lincoln's Cottage, a national monument, until we saw it mentioned on Groupon and decided it looked very interesting especially since it was located only about 50 minutes from where we live in Ellicott City, Maryland. We purchased the offer and visited on 1/7/15. The cottage is located on the grounds of... More 

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Olney, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

We were blown away by this hidden gem of history. Our extremely knowledgeable guide, Rob, shared countless tidbits and tales of President Lincoln and the history that took place at the cottage. I almost expected to see Pres. Lincoln stroll through the doorway after one of his stories. This place is special and its staff outstanding. We hope to share... More 

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Akron, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

The family went after Christmas and was impressed with the "Cottage." While there is not many antique furnishings, this is where President Lincoln went with his family in the summer and fall during the Civil War. Here he encountered soldiers camped on the grounds for protection and watched as 30 to 40 new graves were dug daily to bury the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

had a great time here today with my family. a really interesting worthwhile visit. historic, and entertaining. well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

President Lincoln's "getaway" is definitely a must-see when in Washington. Although it is not near the city core or the National Mall, it is a short drive up North Capitol Street. Excellent tour guides make this a highlight of any trip.

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