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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
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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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Our favorite stop while in DC

Beautiful grounds in the middle of a not so great area. We walked here from the metro (not a great idea), take a cab! Once on the grounds you will love this tour. The guide was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Jackson, New Jersey, United States

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Jackson, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Beautiful grounds in the middle of a not so great area. We walked here from the metro (not a great idea), take a cab! Once on the grounds you will love this tour. The guide was fantastic and Abe's cottage was so cool to walk through. To think he walked up the stairs and held the railings (both original!!!) that... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

This museum is on the grounds of the Old Soldiers Home, a retirement home for military veterans. The grounds are beautiful, and the tour guide did a good job. The history of the site is very interesting but the 'cottage' itself did not have that much to see compared to other house museums.

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Fairfax, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

This place is full of history. The tour guides really help you understand what Lincoln was feeling when he lived here. There's not much furniture and the house doesn't have the Lincoln "kitchen" as it was renovated so many times, but the presentation makes you feel like Lincoln is there. I was thoroughly disappointed to see they built the new... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We truly enjoyed this visit. It was overwhelming to be in this historic house where President Lincoln took decisions that changed US history forever. We learnt several things about President Lincoln and American history, the guide was extremely knowledgable. They dont get any funding from the government, so its visitors like you and me who help in maintaining this gorgeous... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

Highly recommend this trip to Lincoln's Summer Cottage. You will be in the actual house, same rooms as he was during his presidency. Very interesting (and not too long) tour. The house is not at all staged and overdressed. Not far from the Zoo and free parking.

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Logansport, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

My wife I started our Washington D.C. visit at the Lincoln Cottage and it was a great place to start. I was looking for the burial location of my great great uncle that was killed in the Civil War and is laid to rest in the National Cemetery next to Lincoln Cottage. By visiting the Cottage first and learning about... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I highly recommend this 1st class tour of Lincoln's Cottage. enjoyed the great experience. " A PLUS, 5 STARS & TWO THUMBS UP ".

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Massena, NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Tucked away in a residential area but easy to find on the GPS. I anticipated this tour for a few years and am thrilled I made it happen. Our guide was so knowledgeable giving not only the pertinent facts but also back stories as well. It was easy to picture President Lincoln in this setting seeking solace away from the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

I am a Civil War and Abraham Lincoln buff and have had the privilege of taking my three grandsons on Civil War trips the past 5 years. This year we visited 4 N. VA battlefields and spent 2 days in DC. The highlight was the visit to the cottage for me. The tour was excellent and helped you see why... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

The Lincoln Cottage is rarely on the top 5 of tourist destinations in DC but it should be! The Lincoln Memorial pays solemn tribute to Lincoln, but if you want to see where he lived, and how he lived, and where he did some of his most important writing, the Lincoln Cottage is the place to go. Our guide was... More 

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