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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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10:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Known as the "Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation". The...

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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Worth the walk from the Metro

Great tour and beautiful location. Heard about this place from airplane seat mate. Unlike Arlington House and Mt. Vernon, you get to actually walk into the rooms instead of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

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Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great tour and beautiful location. Heard about this place from airplane seat mate. Unlike Arlington House and Mt. Vernon, you get to actually walk into the rooms instead of peering through a doorway. Tours provides very interesting facts about Lincoln that are not covered in the text books we had to read in school.

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detroit, michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Nice area that the cottage is in. Nice museum and tour of the house. The gift shop is nice place to buy lincoln memorabilia

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

We enjoyed hearing about how the Lincoln family used this house to get away from the noise of the Civil War preparations. It is such a short distance from the White House that Lincoln commuted to work. They do a great job of covering the Lincoln legacy and the ongoing fight for Liberty for all Americans. We made reservations which... More 

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Claremont, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

I would never have known about this place if it had not been for friends that have lived years in DC. The tour starts with a short tour in the Visitor's Center. The center had interesting exhibitions especially on immigration. We walked a short distance over to the cottage. The cottage is very simple but the guide and a multimedia... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

My neighbor and I ordered tickets and had the pleasure of being only 4 on a guided tour. Our guide was friendly and animated without being 'over-the-top.' The museum provides a good multimedia experience. What struck us both was how serene and quiet the place is. Not hard to imagine Lincoln writing the emancipation proclamation at the Cottage, and/or entertaining... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Rob Goffredi was our tour guide - one of the best we've had on a 2 month road trip across the US. Learned so much new about the Lincoln's time in the nation's capital, and I'm a Lincoln historian. The museum and tour make great use of technology.

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Villa Park, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

This historic home is surprisingly interesting. Instead of focusing on the home and furnishings, emphasis is placed on how important this place was to Lincoln during a very tumultuous time of his personal and political life. The tour guides paint a (seemingly) clear picture of what life was like for the Lincoln's at this time. If you like or appreciate... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

That is how Lincoln described the 'cottage' at the Soldiers' Home on the northern outskirts of D.C. He (and three other Presidents: Buchanan, Hayes and Arthur) used this quiet refuge as a summer White House and an escape from the politics and bustle of the Executive Mansion. Lincoln often made the 3.5 mile journey on his horse, as described in... More 

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Galesburg, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Even though there wasn't any furniture in the cottage, you still have the feel of the Lincoln's when they stayed here during his term. After reading the Doris Kearns Goodwin book A Team of Rivals, we wanted to visit here. It was easy to imagine Lincoln riding his horse from the area to the White House. Or imagine Secretary Seward... More 

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Houston, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

Walked here from the National Shrine of the Basilica and besides getting turned around and taking the looong way here, arrived at the grounds at 3:15 - not knowing the last tour is at 3:00 - ugh on our part. The grounds are expansive and we spent time in the welcome center viewing the information. Nice - but would have... More 

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