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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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Well worth the time and effort

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Brunswick, Maryland
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Brunswick, Maryland
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40 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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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Hollister, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2016

I was familiar with his writings but enjoyed seeing more about what he thought about (his library, his choice of photos and paintings) and how he lived. Fascinating house and what hard work Mrs. Douglass had (washboard, wringer and 5 kids), wood stove etc.

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Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

It was fascinating to visit his house and to see this great man's belongings. You felt as if you were intruding into his life. But then you also learned a lot of how he lived. A well done exhibit.

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Manassas, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

I did not know a whole lot about Frederick Douglas before I visited his home. With that said, I enjoyed the short tour of this historic site very much. It was definitely more interesting than staying at home and watching a documentary about his life. The tour guide was knowledgeable and professional. I was with a small group so we... More 

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

I've been reading on Douglass the last few months and took advantage of an opportunity to visit his home outside of Washington DC. The rangers on site were wonderful and answered all my questions. And I had a lot of questions. The tour will cover the first and second floors and you will see just how Mr. Douglass lived over... More 

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Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2016

Visitor center with house tour. Call to make house tour reservations as they only do small (12 or less) in a group at a time. The guided tour and the visitors center complement each other nicely. Almost an hour for the house tour and the introductory video at the visitor center highlights Frederick Douglass' life experiences. The home and property... More 

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