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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 #57 of 253 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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West Valley City, Utah
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Lincoln Cottage. We started off in the gift shop. The manager was absolutely wonderful! He knew so much about the Civil War and about military history in general. We made a special effort to go back to say thanks and good-bye to him. Our guide, Curtis, was well versed in the history of the... More

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Springfield, VA
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

President Lincoln and his family spent much of his presidential time at his cottage. Come here to see another side of the Lincoln family. The museum has artifacts and information you won't see anywhere else. The cemetery close by dates back to the Civil War - even older than Arlington.

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Wilmington, North Carolina
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77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Perhaps an hour-long commentary is provided to distract visitors from the fact that they are paying $15 to, basically, look at five empty rooms. In spite of that, the space is evocative and the grounds are lovely, but our tour guide literally did not close her mouth for the entire hour. That also would not have been so bad if... More

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Alexandria VA
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84 reviews 84 reviews
16 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

House is only available on tour. The docent we had was terrific; painted the story of Lincoln and family's time at the Cottage located on the grounds of the Old Soldier's Home (still in use for retired soldiers).

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Frederick, Maryland
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102 reviews 102 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Been trying to get a schedule to see this place... finally!!! a facinating place and history of where Lincoln and his family spend their summers. for History Buffs this is not a place you would want to miss. Great museum and a gift shop. Excellent narrator and friendly staff. Most of all it provides free parking.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

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

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Reston, Virginia
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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

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Fairfax, Virginia
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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

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Maryland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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...."

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Northville, Michigan
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83 helpful votes 83 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.

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