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Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

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Address: 1411 W St SE, Washington DC, DC 20020-4813
Phone Number: 202-426-5961
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Honoring the most famous African-American, this National Historic Site...

Honoring the most famous African-American, this National Historic Site consists of Douglass' home and a visitor center and is dedicated to preserving his legacy of work on behalf of African Americans.

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An underappreciated gem

A fascinating small group tour of the home of Frederick Douglass, a truly great figure of American history. I read his autobiography before we visited, which made the house even... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A fascinating small group tour of the home of Frederick Douglass, a truly great figure of American history. I read his autobiography before we visited, which made the house even more special. His story seems to have become sidelined in history...it deserves a prominent place in our collective memory.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I would highly recommend this museum to everyone! It's not near the big museums on the National Mall, but it's worth the trip. Had an amazing guide who brought Frederick Douglass to life and highlighted his contributions and humanity as displayed through his home. You have to pay a few dollars and pick a time to go online. Earlier is... More 

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Spanish Fort, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Go to the visitor center first for a brief video introduction of the man. Take the free house tour conducted by NPS volunteer guides. Our guide was full of interesting tidbits about Mr. Douglass and his life in Washington. He was quite an influential man and it was very impressive to see his home and learn more about his life.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Because I teach the works of Douglass, I made sure to visit his home during my recent trip to D.C. The home was impressive. The guide, Christopher, said that 70% of the furnishings in the house were original pieces. The Welcome Center video was good, if a bit dated. The main drawbacks are the climb to the top of the... More 

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Thank Mollie W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Frederick Douglass' home is absolutely beautiful. The conservationists did such a wonderful job of preserving it to keep it authentic. It is technically free, but you can reserve a 'free' ticket online for $1.50 - which is suggested. It is accessible by bus (the bus stops right on the corner which the home is located). If you get there early... More 

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Brunswick, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

The tours of the home are limited to 10 people, which really make this a valuable and intimate experience. The large home is very well preserved, with Douglass' second wife beginning preservation while she was still alive. The NPS guide was knowledgable and interested in the history. I took Uber there to make my tour time but walked to the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Fantastic historical treasure from an important member of our collective history. The museum is best reached by car- although there are shuttles from the metro and to/from other museums. Make a reservation in advance (free) so that you can tour the house as only 15-30 people are allowed at a time to go visit. I enjoyed walking the grounds, imagining... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

You will learn so much about Mr. Douglass’ life and his place in history at this National Historic Site. His family was determined that this house was to be preserved exactly as it is since they recognized its importance, and that makes for such an unusual visit. All the public rooms, bed rooms, and family rooms are kept just as... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

This was the highlight of our short week-long DC tour. The house is very well preserved and we could tell the NPS does its best to keep it up. One note, the visitors center restrooms were out of order. The NPS needs to address this issue.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

I took a tour of the Frederick Douglass historic site and it was interesting and educational. I learned a lot. There was a gift shop there, too.

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