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President Lincoln's Cottage

140 Rock Creek Church Road NW and Upshur Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20011-8400
202-829-0436
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Ranked #51 of 234 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: Known as the "Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation". The Cottage is where Lincoln lived with his...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Sun 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

If you get the chance, jump off the tourist trail and take the off beaten path to visit President Lincoln's cottage located on the grounds of the Old Soldier's home in upper NW D.C. Highly recommend you take the tour and learn about the place, the time and the people that truly shaped our nation's history. While it is a... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Anyone with an interest in the Presidency of Abraham Lincoln should make the journey up North Capitol St. to the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home. As you drive in an information center is on your left, the parking lot straight ahead and the actual "cottage is very close by. Opened by the National Trust for Historic Preservation in... More 

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Staten Island, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

This was the first Camp David if you will. Lincoln spent 25 percent of his presidency here. He drafted the EP in this home and it was a place of respite for him and his family. A bit out of the way but worth a trip. Great tour, book ahead online. This was our second visit and better than first.

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Skaneateles, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Lincoln's cottage is literally on the grounds of the Soldier's Home, and there's just one entrance and no signs near the entrance for the cottage. My friend and I visited on a weekday afternoon and had a "private" tour of the cottage. The guide was very knowledgeable and used technology in a way to make the history of the building... More 

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Coral Gables, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Only available for visits in the past few year's this is a real gem. The guides are knowledgable in the just of Lincoln who spent 25 % of his time as president here. In a fascinating and beautiful location, the Soldiers Home, a gray find in itself. Very worthwhile !

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

The back door of history. If you're at all interested in Lincoln and the history of the presidency, this should be a must-see stop. You need tickets in advance for the one-hour-plus tour, and it's not the easiest place to get to without a car (which was one of the attractions for Mr. Lincoln, though of course the car thing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

Lincoln's "Camp David" a few miles north of the White House. He often stayed there and rode his horse into DC each morning. He was there the day before he was assassinated. We toured the "cottage" (actually a large house) on a Wednesday at 3 PM. Because of this we had a private tour guide as we were the only... More 

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Bloomington, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

What a great addition to our Lincoln tour. Though the house was sparsely furnished (they have no pictures to replicate the time the Lincoln's lived there) it was truly a walk through history. Just imagining President Lincoln writing the Emancipation Proclamation in that house was enough for us. We could easily see the quiet solitude he desired away from D.C.... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

As a historical nerd who adores historical sites Lincoln's Cottage fell a bit flat for me. I really love feeling like I've stepped back in time when I visit sites and due to the sparseness of furnishings, the cottage did not accomplish that for me. It was still interesting to hear how the home has been used over the years,... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 via mobile

After 20 years in DC, I finally visited this site. We had an excellent tour guide. I was particularly impressed how they combined multimedia presentations into the tour.

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