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“Brings history to life” 4 of 5 stars
Review of President Lincoln's Cottage

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 #65 of 486 things to do in Washington DC
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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.
Clemson, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Brings history to life”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

Although there is not much furniture in the Lincoln cottage, the guides helped to bring the house to life. They made it easy to imagine Abraham Lincoln "commuting" into the District by horseback through rugged woods and dangerous territory to get to the White House. Lovely setting and great tours!

Visited December 2011
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Galax, Virginia
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“A Hidden Jewel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2012

The one hour tour is wonderful and incorporates a different angle from most home tours. The focus is on Lincoln and not on the home although the house is delightful. You do get the feel of Lincoln's thoughts and emotions while guiding us through the civil war. The tour guide was knowledgable and very pleasant.
The location is beautiful.

Only down side: Do NOT follow the directions given on the website for the Metro. They are unclear and inaccurate. It was quite a walk from the closest station to the gates THEN the shuttle wasn't running so we had to climb a HUGE hill to get there. (I live in the mountains so when I say a huge hill I mean a huge hill.)
UPSIDE: The walk itself is beautiful and interesting but not great on someone with bum knees.

Visited November 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Great little known tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

This 1 hour tour was very interesting and fun. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and the program is very well put together and includes videos and audio supplements to the guide's knowledge. It's a little off the beaten path. Reservations are necessary, so plan accordingly.

Visited November 2012
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Leonardtown, MD
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“Wonderful History, Beautiful Grounds, Incredible Restoration”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

This is such a gem of historical importance. Lincoln spent more than a quarter of his presidency living here with his wife, having many meetings, making many decisions within the cottage's walls. The cottage has recently been restored by the Preservation for the Historic Trust. Though not furnished, the floor plan is as it was and the rooms as they were when the Lincoln's resided there. Your eyes see the exact same details in the house that their eyes did. The tour takes you through the library, the dining room, the drawing room, the kitchen and up the stairs to two of the bedrooms, including the Lincoln's. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, and a very good speaker, enthusiastic. The grounds of the cottage are beautiful (it resides on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home) and worth a stroll if you are so inclined. The visitors center houses an informative museum and a small but well thought out gift shop. Tours are limited to 20 people per group, so highly suggest you purchase tickets in advance on line, as there may not be tickets available if you just show up which was the case on the day we went. Hopeful visitors were being turned away as all tours were sold out. I had bought our tickets 2 days prior on line.They are timed at hourly intervals.

Visited November 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Lincoln Cottage”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

I just like that this piece of history has been restored and that it exists in a neighbohood and not among the other nationally known monuments. It is so cool for me to be able to imagine that Lincoln actually walked the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home and that he found a respite in this wondefully restored house.

Visited November 2012
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