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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 #52 of 241 attractions in Washington DC
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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Barbados
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45 reviews 45 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014 via mobile

Enjoyed this unusual peek into the ordinary life of Lincoln. A pleasant drive away from the Washington hub of power, politics and business this quiet home and its artifacts take you back to literally touch this great man's existence, and appreciate his commonsensical wisdom and great humility. Was privileged to have had dinner in this home sponsored by our convention... More

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London
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

Away from the hubbub of Politicos, Lawyers and City folks of Downtown DC, this was a great find and can see why Lincoln retired to the tranquility of this Cottage every night rather than staying at the White House during his Presidency. The Museum and the guided tour of the Cottage were very interesting and it was well worth taking... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

I had been wanting to go visit the "cottage" and as a teacher and lover of presidential history, it was a worthwhile stop. I liked the unusual format....an unfurnished house and the guide and media in the house making it come to life. Our guide was wonderful , energetic, and she had a clear passion for history and the mission... More

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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

We took a group of 8 friends to the cottage in late February. We had not been there before but had heard quite a few great comments about the Cottage and the staff from our friend who is a tour guide. The tour was very interesting and we were quite surprised at the amount of history in the cottage. The... More

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Columbus, OH
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85 reviews 85 reviews
31 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Many presidents including Buchanan and Lincoln among others stayed there. During the Civil War there were hospitalized soldiers there as well as encamped soldiers. The Lincoln family stayed there late sprng though early fall for three years. There are still soldiers who live there. One of them invited us to dine with him. he talked about how important it was... More

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Vienna, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

I'm almost certain that I was part of the same tour that the previous reviewer described as "lacking". That couldn't be any further from the truth. Our guide was absolutely fantastic! He brought Lincoln to life by sharing stories throughout the house. The style of the tour was not what we had expected, but as my son described, it was... More

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Seattle
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20 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

You pay a fee for a guided tour. I knew we were in trouble when the tour guide started outside the home by saying that he tells school children that Lincoln was just a man, and picked his nose in the house just like everyone else. I didn't mind that the house was only a shell. People had to ask... More

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Oakton, VA
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

If you enjoy history, especially Lincoln history, this is a must-see when visiting DC or if you live in the area and are looking for something unique. I have been to the cottage several times, and the presentation just keeps getting better. The tour we had with Kelsie was top-notch! We felt like we had a true professional guiding us... More

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Eastchester, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014 via mobile

I do not suggest visiting this site unless you have a deep interest in Lincoln or history. As a few of the other reviewer already stated, young children will be completely bored with the tour. I just thought some of the Lincoln stories provided by the tour guide could have been replaced with more interesting stories considering we are talking... More

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Ashland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2014

I didn't know what to expect when we visited the cottage, but it was very interesting. Primarily, the tour is a narrated history tour as you move through several rooms in the cottage. The cottage is void of furnishings, which was a bit disappointing, but after hearing about the renovation process and the history of the cottage, it's understandable. We... More

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