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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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Out of the way but defeinitely worth it

This is a little tricky to get to but very walkable from Anacostia station and in summer (in the past) there has been a free bus which goes from museums on the Mall to the house... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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Dublin, Ireland
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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a little tricky to get to but very walkable from Anacostia station and in summer (in the past) there has been a free bus which goes from museums on the Mall to the house. It is an interesting site and you are taken through the house as part of a ticketed tour. It is a gem visited by... More 

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Orange City, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was the lone person turning the site at 9 a.m. on Friday. This is a little out of the way, but public transit put me close to the entrance. I as a bit early and when they opened the gates a little before 9 a.m., I was invited to wander the grounds and take in the site. Douglas was... More 

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Bryant, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absolutely wonderful. The guide knew so much about his home and life and was able to answer our questions. I learned a lot of new things about him that I never would have imagined. One word of caution, if you can't walk up lots of flights of stairs you may have some diffculty. Great experience

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were able to walk around the outside and go inside the visitors center. We did not reserve tickets so we couldn't go inside the actual home...which was strange bc there was literally no one there but apparently the free tickets for the day were given away for the day. Nevertheless we were able to see where he did his... More 

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New Orleans
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On our summer road trip to Washington DC this summer, we decided to take the kids to see Frederick Douglass's home. My son, age 10, was so excited because he had written a paper about Mr. Douglass. We drive to the home, 1 hour away from our home base, on a Sunday afternoon. The parking lot was empty and the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2016 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 August 17, 2016

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 August 15, 2016 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2016

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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