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President Lincoln's Cottage

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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...more
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140 Rock Creek Church Road NW and Upshur Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20011-8400
+1 202-829-0436
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We discovered this place from Tripadvisor as many locals even do not know about this. Booked online a guided tour. The place is in a military facility so keep some form of ID with you. Ample and free parking. Our guide Kevin was brilliant as...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank SalmanLondon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We learned about Lincoln's Cottage several years ago and have visited numerous times. Here is where Lincoln spent 1/3 of the nights of his presidency and penned the Emancipation Proclamation. His wife Mary Todd always considered the White House a prison, especially their young son...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What an amazing gem off the hidden Washington museums paths! This site offers inspiration to those who hold public office as well as insight into those who vote for our government officials. If only our current administration could learn from President Lincoln's words and actions,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank bathtravel123
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Lincoln Cottage is located on the grounds of the Retired Servicemen's Home, which form a beautiful oasis to city life in themselves. The first stop is the Visitor's Center which has good historic displays on the Civil War, Lincoln and the significance of the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Betty B
Reviewed January 9, 2019 via mobile

Not what I expected. I’ve toured many historic homes and love learning about the house itself and the stories of people who lived there. Having read a lot about Lincoln and his having spent a lot of time there, I was excited about seeing the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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JenniferP1257, Public Relations Manager at President Lincoln's Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded January 15, 2019

Hi! It's my understanding that your experience at President Lincoln's Cottage was unsatisfying--we're sorry about that. Not only do we work diligently to provide excellent customer service and historical knowledge, but we take visitor comments seriously. Do you mind clarifying when you visited us so...More

Reviewed January 6, 2019

I went to the site hoping to see a historic house. The house has been turned into a backdrop for an audiovisual tour that is trying to take Lincoln "off his pedestal". I'm all for looking at the multifaceted characters of historic figures, but preferably...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 2, 2019

I did a lot of research before a family reunion in DC, and never came across the Lincoln cottage. My brother found it, and I'll always be grateful: this is a beautiful house, masterfully presented in the context of Lincoln's life, and in the ongoing...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 22, 2018 via mobile

This is a lovely area which requires reservation to ID to enter. Our tour guide Diana was very well informed. The tour is about 45 min. We reserved in advance. We entered with an id check and there is parking onsite. The visitor center is...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank archlav
Reviewed November 24, 2018

What a marvelous surprise! We didn't really know what to expect when visiting this historic home. I generally enjoy this type of thing, but my fifteen-year-old daughter does not. However, Asia, our fabulous tour guide, was extremely well-informed, encouraged interesting conversation between visitors, kept us...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 13, 2018 via mobile

This place is absolutely amazing and I just felt so at home and welcome here while in the tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. The different things you learn in the tour and in the museum are very cool. The architecture and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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February 25, 2018|
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Response from 86MissyJ | Reviewed this property |
You can see the house from the gate. Not sure if you can pass through after hours.
April 7, 2017|
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Response from Susan P | Reviewed this property |
To see the house, you have to be on a tour, which takes about an hour (although with questions, can run a bit longer). The visitor's center has a few small exhibits and a gift shop. Two hours will do it. It's a fantastic... More
October 18, 2016|
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Response from Maura K | Reviewed this property |
The parking lot is very close to the Visitors Center, where you are required to start. Then you must cross the street and walk a short distance to see the cottage. You do have to walk up one flight of stairs inside; if that... More