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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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Sun 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Description: Known as the "Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation". The Cottage is...
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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Lovely grounds, informative tour - a must see for Lincoln fans

We have lived in the DC area for years - but have never visited Lincoln's summer cottage. My husband is a fan of all things Lincoln, so when a like-minded friend was visiting... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
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Alexandria, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

We have lived in the DC area for years - but have never visited Lincoln's summer cottage. My husband is a fan of all things Lincoln, so when a like-minded friend was visiting recently from Germany, this was a "must see" attraction. The awful DC rush-hour traffic made us late for the 10am tour, but the docent was not phased... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

The cottage itself is tiny and not impressive. Its bare and spartan. But the tour by the docent was amazing. They use iPads and multimedia devices to pull you back in time and make you feel like you were there when Lincoln was alive. Informative and not too crowded. They do charge for the tours, but we picked it up... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

When I decided to go to Washington, this was the second place I wanted to visit, the first was the National Archives. I am a big fan of President Lincoln and I felt heading over to his cottage would allow me to get to know the man behind the Emancipation Proclamation. The cottage is well maintained after the restoration. Our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Really enjoyed this tour. We learned a lot about President Lincoln, his family, and the times. It starts off with a short movie and then a tour of the house which is minimally furnished. The minimal furnishings may seem a little weird at first, but the feeling goes away. It is an information rich tour which includes a combination of... More 

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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Sure helps understand how Uncle Abe got away from the crowds of DC. This is the highest point in the area which explains the breezes enjoyed by the Lincolns.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Visiting this attraction was a morning well spent. We didn't really know what exactly to expect but they have free parking which is a huge perk to a DC attraction. The gift shop is well stocked with an array of Lincoln themed items from books and ties to salt & pepper shakers and top hats as well as handmade pieces... More 

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Centreville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

Living in VA, my wife and I do quite a bit of history related things. By far, the tour of the Lincoln Cottage is at the top of our list. What makes this tour so unique is that the absence of Lincoln family furniture means that you are touring mostly empty rooms -- rooms that the tour guides fill with... More 

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Holbrook, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

The Lincoln Cottage was probably one of my favorite attractions in The DC area. It was amazing to see where President Lincoln spent half of his time away from the White House.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

If you are interested in the life and works of Abraham Lincoln, this is a site not to be missed. This was Lincoln's summer house that he visited at night to get away from the Washington heat. It is a large home that is now restored but empty of furniture. It is the place where he is believed to have... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

I used to live in Washington D.C. and have visited many times since. I cant believe that I never even knew of this National Monument before ! Maybe it is because it is 3 Miles away from the White House. We had our own car. not certain which public transportation gets you there.We made reservations for a tour which provided... More 

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