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“Interesting perspective on the Lincoln's at their summer house.” 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
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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.
Pekin, Illinois
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“Interesting perspective on the Lincoln's at their summer house.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

It was interesting to picture President Lincoln at the summer cottage (a medium large house) at this military retirement home/grounds. Even tough the cottage allowed him to get away from the heat and stench of the city, the President would have daily seen the cemetery where military people were being buried - casualties from the civil war. The grounds are lovely and the house is interesting. Retired military continue to live at this extensive property. The tour guide was very enthusiastic but most suited for a group of fourth graders. The statue in front of the cottage of President Lincoln and his horse Bob were life size. You must purchase a ticket in advance or take your chances the day you want a tour. An interesting gift shop and some hand's on exhibits for the youngsters.

Visited August 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“One of our favorite out-of-DC sites”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

Our family has now been twice to Lincoln's Cottage and experienced through passionate tour guides the life that Lincoln led here during the Civil War. The lack of furniture and clutter in the restored cottage along with the audio part of the tour that meshes well with the live guide allow a visitor to imagine for him/herself the Lincolns' life here where the casualties of was were omnipresent with both hospital and cemetery on the same grounds as the summer home. I try to get all out-of-town guests to see visit this spot.

Tickets are often half price on Groupon, LivingSocial type sites.

Visited November 2012
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Santa Clarita, California
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“Interesting, But a Bit of a Let Down...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

I would really like to say that the tour of President Lincoln's Cottage was amazing. I love Lincoln and consider him a personal hero and one of the most courageous men to have led our country. It was wonderful to think that I was standing where he had stood and looking at the same walls and scenery that he gazed at during the long months of the Civil War. I enjoyed hearing about what he must have experienced day by day during that agonizing time and to get fresh glimpses into his lifestyle and experiences there. That said, however, I was hoping for a more traditional tour focusing on both his experiences there and the visual satisfaction of seeing his belongings, the bed where he slept, the clothing that he wore... For me, there is something awe-inspiring about taking in the texture and shape of his actual top hat, seeing the type of pen he used and, perhaps, the chair he sat in at the end of a long day. The Cottage tour, instead, takes you through an almost empty house with a tour guide sharing insights into what he experienced there through his writings, the letters of those who knew him, etc. It is unlike any tour I have ever taken. Our tour guide was animated and engaging and a great communicator and I think she did a great job of attempting to bring to life this man who holds such a critical place in our country's history. Overall, I think Lincoln's Cottage is an interesting experience for the truly committed Lincoln devotee, but sadly, it left me a little disappointed and longing for more...

Visited August 2013
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“Surprising History”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Last Saturday several of us took a tour of this out-of-the-way National Trust "cottage" located on the grounds of the Old Soldiers' Home. For those who are interested in U.S. history, this is an interesting experience. Although the cottage is really a house and there is no original furniture in it, the well-trained guide with the aid of modern media gave us a real feel for what took place there. Although other presidents used the cottage, the tour focused on Lincoln; we got a sense of him as a human being as well as a president.

The tour is more appropriate for teenagers and adults than for small children.

Visited August 2013
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Falls Church, Virginia
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“Fascinating historical site”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

Hidden in northwest Washington DC is a relatively recently restored cottage where several presidents spent the hot summer months in a more relaxed setting a short distance from the White House overlooking the city. Most notable of these presidents was Abraham Lincoln. The restoration, now nearly complete, has taken the cottage back to the Lincoln era. "Cottage" is a misnomer because it has 34 rooms, but the tour only takes you through about 1/4 of them. The tour starts at the visitor center with displays and a short film, then goes across the street to the cottage. Our guide was engaging, and the stories told were fascinating. The rooms are mostly unfurnished because there were no records of what furniture the Lincolns had there, and they have opted for mostly bare rooms rather than historical inaccuracy. But that doesn't lessen the impact of the tour; the setting and the cottage are enough to evoke the man and the era. The total tour takes about an hour.

Visited August 2013
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