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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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Our last stop in Washington before the trip home

We headed here on our way out of the city. It was a little hard to find, because the signage was not great. Once in, we paid our tickets and went into the little museum before... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Jamie O
Hiram, Georgia
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Hiram, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We headed here on our way out of the city. It was a little hard to find, because the signage was not great. Once in, we paid our tickets and went into the little museum before our tour. Definitely spend some time in the museum as it gives you more of an idea of the time the president spent at... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to visit the Lincoln summer cottage because we were looking for something we have not done in the area, despite having lived nearby for decades, because the site and tour received very good reviews, and because we like to take long walks and the cottage is on an extensive campus at the Armed Services Retirement home. First, the... More 

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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

3 1/2 miles from the White House, the 'country home' is surrounded by 200 acres of quiet, trees and birds. It was Lincoln's getaway from the hubbub and demands of the Presidency. Personal insights into the man come alive here. Fills in some gaps. One quarter of Lincoln's presidency was spent here. It is also home to a few hundred... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My daughter was married at the cottage. It was such a pretty location. We had indoor and outdoor space. There was plenty of free parking for the guests. Everyone commented on the venue.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 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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