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Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Open Now: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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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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1411 W St SE, Washington DC, DC 20020-4813
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It may not be centrally located but worth the trip. The NPS people do a guided tour of the property and house. Most of the furnishings and artifacts are original too which includes Frederick Douglass' violin. If familiar with the life of FD, visiting his...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank GeraldineLady
Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

Located on a hill in the Anacostia area in Wash DC, there is a small visitors center with an excellent book store featuring Douglass and slavery books. Not crowded on a recent sunday, we had reserved a house tour for a couple $. About 4...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Stephen H
Reviewed October 27, 2018

Frederick Douglas is an integral figure in African American History. His house sits high atop a hill that allows you to see a large area of Washington, D.C. Our tour guide told us we could visit the grounds and take pictures of all of the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank lindilou
Reviewed September 18, 2018

This place should probably be required for every American. The park rangers who take you on a tour around the house really make you think about the man who lived on this property and the absolutely stressful life he must have led. To be born...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 28, 2018

My family convinced me to take the Metro and go on the Frederick Douglass tour. The tour, the movie, the property was so much more than I expected. If you're thinking of coming here as a group or individual, call ahead and make a reservation...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed August 22, 2018

The first time I visited this very special place, I was surprised to find a portrait of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Be sure to visit the home of this great man.

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed August 15, 2018

that where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither person nor property is safe.” - Frederick Douglass Outstanding! Make it...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

This site offers you one of the most spectacular views of DC that very few people know about. Knowledgeable staff and tour guides enrich the experience. Cedar Hill is a true gem and the decor is astonishing. The interpretative video is informative, but a bit...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed July 9, 2018

Having read Frederick Douglass' slave narrative I knew I had to go take a look at his last house when I went to DC. It was wonderful.....you have to book in advance as you can't go explore the house by yourself (admission is $1.50). Our...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Aeneken
Reviewed July 7, 2018

On a trip to DC visited the house of Frederick Douglas and was astonished by the way the man made himself. Having to walk up that hill to his house in his seventies was something

Date of experience: July 2018
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March 30, 2018|
Response from RangerBear73 | Reviewed this property |
Call ahead but generally NPS sites are closed Christmas and Thanksgiving.
Amanda S
March 20, 2018|
Response from RangerBear73 | Reviewed this property |
You should call the park number to be sure but you should be able to go in and get tickets the day of. But it’s always best to call the individual park for the best information.
Rachel T
June 4, 2015|
Response from Cdnew1980 |
Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery in Maryland and rose to become a national leader of the abolitionist movement. He was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman.