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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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Description: Known as the "Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation". The Cottage is...
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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Getting closer to Lincoln

An important Lincoln related site to visit. They try to tell the stories of how Lincoln's time there was so significant in dealing with the issues in the Country's dire time of... read more

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5 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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Higganum, Connecticut
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Higganum, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015 NEW

An important Lincoln related site to visit. They try to tell the stories of how Lincoln's time there was so significant in dealing with the issues in the Country's dire time of need.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

The nearest metro stop is .8 mile away, and it's all uphill. We took a taxi for the return trip. The cottage is pretty empty, not much period furniture, but still cool to walk where Lincoln walked, and touch the handrail he did. Someone else mentioned the neighborhood isn't the best for walking and I agree. we did it around... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Although difficult to access via public transportation, it's worth making reservations to get tickets to tour Lincoln's Cottage, where he spent nearly a quarter of his presidency. It was basically his Camp David. Just 3 miles from the White House, but at a higher elevation, it was considered to be "in the country." Lincoln would ride a horse for a... More 

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Collinsville, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

This was a great little side trip. The tour guide was very good. The tour was about an hour. Amazing to walk where Lincoln did. It's not too far from the metro, but the neighborhood doesn't look the best, so I would definitely take a bus/taxi/uber.

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Norwich
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Call ahead for reservations to tour Lincolns summer getaway 4 miles NE of the whitehouse. Expert tour guides show you where he wrote the EP and watched civil war dead come home to be buried in his backyard. When that cemetary filled up they built Arlington. Amazing place near Catholic Univ.

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Grove City, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Tucked away at the Solider and Sailor's Home is a place where Lincoln's retreated from the heat and people of Washington DC. Although the house is sparsely furnished, I was moved by reflective nature of the tour which made me here whisper's of how Lincoln must have felt. It is a must see for those who are Lincoln fans. Don't... More 

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Stow, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Located on grounds of the Soldiers' Home the Lincoln's cottage offers an amazing insight into Lincoln’s life during the turbulent Civil War. This is where our 16th president spent the summers and autumns of the first term of his presidency. As you approach the gothic revival style cottage you get views of the DC area. The building structures and grounds... More 

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Durham
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

The cottage is beautiful and the tour was wonderful and informative. This is a must for civil war and Lincoln fans. Otherwise might not be worth the time. Gift shop had many fantastic books and nice souvenirs. We enjoyed relaxing around the cottage afterwards. We had no problems getting a taxi to take us there, but we had a very... More 

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San Francisco, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

The structure is well preserved and the interior is not as completely barren as I had been led to expect: cleanly painted white walls & ceilings, smooth wooden floors, louvered interior shutters, fireplaces, matching wall & ceiling fixtures resembling the style of gas lights, handsome wooden paneling in the former library. Where present, the minimal furnishings (mostly places where you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

What a lovely place. I didn't know much about this place until a co-worker mentioned it. We had a great experience here. I was so excited to learn about the cottage where the Lincoln's spent time, and that this place is where President Lincoln crafted/refined his emancipation proclamation.

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