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President Lincoln's Cottage

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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Ranked #57 of 242 Attractions in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
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, Sights & Landmarks
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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58 reviews 58 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015 NEW

This is one of the last historic houses I've visited in D.C. and it was one of the worst. I am glad the property has been maintained, but there is very little inside the house. Although a better guide might have made the experience better, the tour is split with awkwardly timed and placed audiovisual components, which makes me think... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

While the guided tour was not the highest quality, it takes an interesting approach which I appreciated, focusing on what life was like when Lincoln lived at the cottage and what he worked on while there. The grounds are interesting as is the museum accompanying the cottage. Unique experience to imagine the view of DC from the cottage back during... More 

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Dumfries, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

One of the best hidden historical gems in the Washington, DC area! Very interesting and informative from start to finish. I've never learned so much about our 16th President in one sitting. Keep it up!

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

While it doesn't necessarily have the pizzazz of some of the other historical sites and landmarks in DC, the Cottage is still worth the visit. It's a very different experience compared with other historical homes we've visited with a surprising lack of material artifacts and decor to look at. They compensate for that though by giving a tour that's very... More 

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Washington DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We had the place to ourselves, the week after Thanksgiving. Remarkable place, with the connection to Lincoln only recently discovered. The cottage is at a soldiers' home and cemetery, that filled up so quickly they moved the military cemetery to Arlington. It's maybe three miles from the White House, but elevated maybe 300 feet above the virtual swamp (hence, Foggy... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The cottage is beautiful from the outside. The $15 tour inside is shameful and made us feel scammed in a tourist trap. The house is just an almost empty shell. The only thing that is there is a replica of Lincoln's desk, our tour guide said the original is in the White House and they refuse to give it to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We really enjoyed the guided tour at President Lincoln's cottage. I have lived in the DC area for over 8 years and was surprised that I had never heard of it until recently. The museum and guided tour give you a glimpse into President Lincoln's life and presidency that no other monument or museum in the DC area does. The... More 

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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Who knew that President Lincoln and his family spent nearly two years domiciled in a cottage on the grounds of the Old Soldiers Home in northwest DC? This is a new and not yet widely known tourist spot. I recommend it for history buffs who want to see more but are weary of the downtown scene. The property is owned... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Liked the museum for it gives you a closer look at President Lincoln's life when he was in the midst of the Civil War. Liked visiting the cottage for you can step in the same house where he once lived and where it is believed he wrote his almost final draft to the Emancipation Proclamation. The cottage basically is empty... More 

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Glen Allen, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

After spending time at Ford's Theatre, we decided to also get more information about Lincoln and his life. We took our children and headed to Lincoln's cottage which was great. We had a fabulous tour and really enjoyed the technology that enhanced the tour and gave life to the cottage. The renovations were well done and the property was well... More 

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