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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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9:30 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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The cottage where Lincoln and his family spent much of their summers, and where he worked on the Emancipation proclamation, is a quick tour. The grounds were an asylum for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 4, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 NEW

The cottage where Lincoln and his family spent much of their summers, and where he worked on the Emancipation proclamation, is a quick tour. The grounds were an asylum for disabled veterans in his day and former soldiers still live there today.

Alamogordo, New Mexico
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015 NEW

this was another of my new things I did on this trip. you will first watch an orientation film, and them be taken on a guided tour of the house. there is not a lot in the house, but you will get a very interesting history lesson. not sure some young kids would be interested? I walked from the Georgia... More 

Sublette, Kansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015 NEW

My husband, aunt, uncle and I thoroughly enjoyed visiting President Lincoln's Cottage. The visitor center includes a very nice gift store and staff Jamie and Amy were helpful in book and gift recommendations. We watched a film with other visitors and then Amy led our informative tour through the cottage. The tour and the cottage left us feeling connected to... More 

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Parsippany, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

I had always read about Abraham Lincoln leaving the white House and coming to this location to think and become more productive. Now I have had a chance to see and experience it in person. The people help tell a compelling and interesting story. If you have some time, I suggest you go. It is worth it.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Graffitti on walls in cottage, listen to recordings of letters available on internet, rude staff, do not go

Harleysville, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

This is a home where President Lincoln visited during the Civil War. It consists ow two buildings with many artifacts and furniture, To get the most out of this visit it would be recommended to allow a few hours.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

It is worth the time to find this place. It is a neat tour and 2 hours trip back in history. It's a must for the Lincoln fans.

Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

A gem of history hidden away in a less visited part of DC. And so important to Lincoln and his family. The tour is excellent, featuring his gut wrenching decisions on the contents and implementation of the Emancipation Proclamation. This was his family's retreat from the heat and chaos of war and politics, and where his son Tad enjoyed wonderful... More 

Jackson, New Jersey, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

Beautiful grounds in the middle of a not so great area. We walked here from the metro (not a great idea), take a cab! Once on the grounds you will love this tour. The guide was fantastic and Abe's cottage was so cool to walk through. To think he walked up the stairs and held the railings (both original!!!) that... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

This museum is on the grounds of the Old Soldiers Home, a retirement home for military veterans. The grounds are beautiful, and the tour guide did a good job. The history of the site is very interesting but the 'cottage' itself did not have that much to see compared to other house museums.


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