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President Lincoln's Cottage

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Address: 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW and Upshur Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20011-8400
Phone Number: 202-829-0436
9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Mon - Sat 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

Known as the "Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation". The...

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.

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If you love Lincoln you will love this hidden gem!

I am so glad my husband and I decided to visit here! We bought our tickets in advance as they suggest, and we put 140 Rock Creek Church Rd NW into our GPS. Once you pass the... read more

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I am so glad my husband and I decided to visit here! We bought our tickets in advance as they suggest, and we put 140 Rock Creek Church Rd NW into our GPS. Once you pass the gate and tell the attendant where you are going there is a parking lot with free parking, which in DC is very exciting.... More 

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Old Lyme, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I generally look at the “terrible” Tripadvisor ratings to get a contrary view. You can't please everybody, but eighty-six percent of reviewers (as of September 28, 2016 gave it an “excellent” or “very good” rating). The “excellent” ratings were very well written. I suggest that you read some of them because they matched my own experience. It is also worth... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a lovely quiet place to visit. Easy to imagine why the president spent time here. Our tour guide often made it feel as tho we had gone back in time to the civil war as he described life of the Lincoln family and all that happened there. I think it's a "must do" when in DC!

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Buffalo, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A little walk from the D.C. Metro but not bad, this place is a hidden treat. Staff is friendly and informative, our tour guide Curtis was excellent and we enjoyed his talk about the grounds, cottage and Lincoln. More of a history tour than we first expected but made the tour even more interesting. If you enjoy hearing about Lincoln... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Being a huge fan of Lincoln, my Hero, I greatly enjoyed visiting his summer cottage on the grounds of the Soldier's Home. This is a peaceful and well-maintained place, and the landscaping is also very nice to view. The tour was just the right length and interesting. The small bookstore in the visitor center had numerous titles of interest to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great hideaway! On the grounds of The Soldiers Home. An informative tour and showed another side to Lincoln. Gave one an opportunity to use one's imagination. Did not know that that house existed.

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is an amazing place! It's off the beaten path and not your typical DC tourist site. In fact, it's quite a humble home despite its historical significance. This was the place where the Lincoln could remove himself, contemplate his deepest thoughts, and be with his family, especially after the death of his son. He would ride here on horseback... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located a few miles from downtown and up near Catholic University's campus, the grounds of the Soldier's Home was a guest house for multiple presidents - most notably, Lincoln and his family. You'll want to call ahead to ensure your reservation. This well-paced tour takes you through many of the rooms in the cottage and shares stories about the President,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016

This Lincoln shrine is hidden away inside the grounds of the Soldiers & Sailors Home in Washington, DC. It's a little hard to find, and is not heavily visited by tourists or locals. The summer cottage was the Lincoln family hide-away from the summer heat and humidity of the White House, only about three miles away... President Lincoln very probably... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

This is off the beaten tourist trail. It is located in a beautiful, peaceful war veterans retirement compound just 4 miles uphill from the White House. Our tour group was small, and allowed us to feel the house in an intimate way. Standing in the room in which Mr. Lincoln wrote the emancipation proclamation was quite moving. We have been... More 

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