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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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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... read more

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

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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Manhattan
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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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korea
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

This is one of the last historic houses I've visited in D.C. and it was one of the worst. I am glad the property has been maintained, but there is very little inside the house. Although a better guide might have made the experience better, the tour is split with awkwardly timed and placed audiovisual components, which makes me think... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

While the guided tour was not the highest quality, it takes an interesting approach which I appreciated, focusing on what life was like when Lincoln lived at the cottage and what he worked on while there. The grounds are interesting as is the museum accompanying the cottage. Unique experience to imagine the view of DC from the cottage back during... More 

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Dumfries, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

One of the best hidden historical gems in the Washington, DC area! Very interesting and informative from start to finish. I've never learned so much about our 16th President in one sitting. Keep it up!

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

While it doesn't necessarily have the pizzazz of some of the other historical sites and landmarks in DC, the Cottage is still worth the visit. It's a very different experience compared with other historical homes we've visited with a surprising lack of material artifacts and decor to look at. They compensate for that though by giving a tour that's very... More 

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Washington DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We had the place to ourselves, the week after Thanksgiving. Remarkable place, with the connection to Lincoln only recently discovered. The cottage is at a soldiers' home and cemetery, that filled up so quickly they moved the military cemetery to Arlington. It's maybe three miles from the White House, but elevated maybe 300 feet above the virtual swamp (hence, Foggy... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The cottage is beautiful from the outside. The $15 tour inside is shameful and made us feel scammed in a tourist trap. The house is just an almost empty shell. The only thing that is there is a replica of Lincoln's desk, our tour guide said the original is in the White House and they refuse to give it to... More 

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