We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

President Lincoln's Cottage

140 Rock Creek Church Road NW and Upshur Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20011-8400 (Upper Northwest)
202-829-0436
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #56 of 252 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
Write a Review

204 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    116
    54
    20
    9
    5
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Only by chance did I stumble upon the Lincoln Cottage while reviewing places to visit on a trip to Washington DC in July 2014. My family - two adults and two elementary-aged children - were all glad were found it. The cottage is where Lincoln and his family spend their summers to escape the heat and hassles of downtown Washington.... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Reston, Virginia
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Not sure why this destination is not publicized, should be on everyone's "must see list"! We had purchased a Groupon for $12 for two (free parking is available), made a reservation for a 1 hour guided tour. Did not know what to expect, was so impressed with the presentation. Made me feel as if you could sense the heaviness weighing... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Fairfax, Virginia
Contributor
20 reviews 20 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

My husband and I really enjoyed this tour. As opposed to some other reviewers, our guide was very good and even the person working in the museum shop was very knowledgable and enthusiastic. It is described as a "museum of ideas," so while the cottage lacks furniture, the guide did a good job of humanizing Lincoln, and also explaining Lincoln's... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Maryland
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Our tour guide was wonderful. The tour helped all of my history lessons click together. The set up helps to visualize what that time period was like for President Lincoln. It was a very educational trip through time that the whole family would enjoy... even my "I stayed up all night long playing video games teenage boys...."

Review collected in partnership with this attraction

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Northville, Michigan
Top Contributor
281 reviews 281 reviews
112 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

It's always a joy to visit Lincoln's Cottage and Summer Home. Is especially fun to take someone there for their first time, they're always amazed and frequently didn't even know it existed. Must reserve in advance for the hourly guided tours. Well worth the effort to get to the site, recommend taking a taxi or Uber car.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Washington Township, New Jersey, United States
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

This was a fun thing to do that is different from the normal crowded museums and tours that everyone does. We really enjoyed it.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Orlando, Florida
Senior Contributor
47 reviews 47 reviews
22 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Freeland, Maryland
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Croydon
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
133 reviews 133 reviews
71 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed President Lincoln's Cottage also viewed

 

Been to President Lincoln's Cottage? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage President Lincoln's Cottage, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing