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“A Must for Lovers of Lincoln (the movie) and Team of Rivals (the book)” 5 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 (Upper Northwest)
202-829-0436
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Ranked #54 of 248 attractions in Washington DC
Type: Historic Sites
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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.
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“A Must for Lovers of Lincoln (the movie) and Team of Rivals (the book)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

This is definitely for adults and history-buff teens. Not for young children. Excellent docent gave the tour and it definitely fleshed out my understanding of Lincoln at the time of the war. The setting is so quiet and uncrowded, it is a huge contrast to most tourist attractions in D.C. Well worth paying for a ticket which gives you a very small group tour. You can really hear the docent and ask questions. A must for Civil War and Lincoln history buffs. You'll appreciate it the most if you watch the movie "Lincoln" first.
Involves steps up to the visitor center and the cottage itself has steps and a second floor. Not wheelchair accessiable.

Visited July 2013
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Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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“Lincoln's Cottage - don't waste the gas!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2013

Lincoln's cottage was not worth the drive! All it was, was an empty building with a tour guide taking you around what might have been telling you about what he suspects was there and asking people what they think! We actually snuck out during the tour! What's worse, we paid for it!

Visited July 2013
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Seattle, Washington
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“A well kept secret”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

It is worth the 3 mile drive to see where President Lincoln rode his horse on his daily commute to the White House. It will be nicer when they get it furnished more.

Visited July 2013
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“See where Lincoln really lived/See Washington DC not the momuments”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

My book club read the book "Team of Rivals" and decided to take an outing to Lincoln's Summer Cottage as a way of seeing what we'd read about. We took the tour of the house and thought it fleshed out the story. The house has very little furniture so you have to imagine the large rooms decorated in the heavy Victorian style of the times. In a time when there was no air conditioning this would have been a cool respite. Nowadays the President is encased in the White House and sheltered from "real" people due to security concerns. In Lincoln's time the White House was open to the public and this spot was a private getaway.
The tour guide gave animated descriptions along the way and there were well done graphics as well.
After the tour we went down to 14th and U where there are many new restaurants and had a pleasant meal. It's a nice trip and the travel to the area takes you through parts of Washington that aren't all white marble.

Visited August 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“For something Meaningful and Different in DC”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

I loved the peace, beauty, and the wonderful docent's talk about the family and daily life of the Lincolns while living here during the summers of his presidential first term. The grounds, the exhibits in the house, and the tour are first rate, yet there are not lots of crowds. Nothing to dislike

Visited October 2012
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