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President Lincoln's Cottage

140 Rock Creek Church Road NW and Upshur Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20011-8400 (Upper Northwest)
202-829-0436
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Ranked #58 of 249 attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Orlando, Florida
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

No pictures are allowed in the home. Very interesting hearing the different stories pertaining to Lincoln & his family. Also, 50% off tickets if you belong to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Another interesting fact, there's a US National Cemetery on the property, which is the 1st National Cemetery, before Arlington Cemetery.

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Freeland, Maryland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We visited Lincoln's Cottage today with our two early teenage daughter's and my Mother in Law. We have been on many historical tours and were really looking forward to this one as well. However, it fell very short of our expectations. First, the tour guide (Christine [---]) was not very informed and while she told us to jump in with... More

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Croydon
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This cottage on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home. Lincoln spent about 12 months here over the the course of his presidency. We had a wonderful guide who showed us a different side of Lincoln. It was a very informative and interesting tour. It is advised to purchase tickets in advance.

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Top Contributor
129 reviews 129 reviews
71 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Many people come to Washington DC. Very few ever hear about this gem. II think the house is delightful. I enjoyed just walking through it. It also has a lot of history. Go home and brag that you saw something that almost no one ever sees. Most of the people who live around Washington know that the city government is... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014 via mobile

We took the metro. Great and novel presentation. If you're a geek like me, you'll love it. It's relatively new too.

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

I was somewhat disappointed on the indoor cottage tour. The house was pretty empty and it sounded like there was an alarm going off inside the house during the tour so it was hard to concentrate on what the guide was saying. It was very distracting. I feel that the tour would have been better if there were furnishings in... More

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Murrieta, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

We came in from CA the previous week and had done a city tour, a White House tour, the Library of Congress, a few of the Smithsonians, AND a tour of the Capitol Building. We were a group of five ranging in age from 12 to 63, and we all agreed that this was our most pleasant tour by far.... More

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New York City, New York
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I loved the grounds, the beautiful old buildings and the view of the Capitol dome. The enormous "cottage" is well-kept, but completely bare of any furnishings that might help one to imagine it as it was when Lincoln lived there. The tour was quite basic and geared toward young children (I felt)--there were many opportunities to delve into the lives... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

"How does this space make you FEEL?" The tour guide loftily asked as she tilted her head back and squinted her eyes at the group. Our hour long tour was filled with awkward invitations to speculate on Lincoln's emotional states during his presidency. The guide added lots of personal commentary and unsubstantiated conjecture about Lincolns' life. It was a highly... More

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Falls Church
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28 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

It is a little difficult to find, make sure to use GPS. Well worth the drive out, it is located in a beautiful location. The guides are knowledgeable and very family friendly. My grandkids had many questions and all questions were answered. I learned many facts about Lincoln, I don't remember learning during my school years. Fantastic place to visit... More

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