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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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What a great tour, didn't even realize Lincoln had a cottage

So I consider myself a local and I didn't realize Lincoln had a cottage in the area. We saw the Groupon on line and took advantage. Daughter and I went to the 12:00 tour given... read more

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Frankfurt, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

So I consider myself a local and I didn't realize Lincoln had a cottage in the area. We saw the Groupon on line and took advantage. Daughter and I went to the 12:00 tour given by Rob who was a retired probably lawyer from what we gathered and he was a great tour guide. He engaged the young as well... More 

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Washington DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I went there this weekend with my brother-in-law and nephew (10 years old). Fascinating place that really gives you an insight into President Lincoln that you can't get in other venues. Though a bit out of the way, the driving directions work fine and there is sufficient parking, even on weekends. Our visit was accented by the fine work of... More 

Thank skwolves
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The tour was awesome. Had a young lady as our tour guide and she was very sweet and informative. She took us to different rooms of the cottage and told us some stories that happened in each room. After she told us a story each room was hooked up with technology that spoke words or stories of first hand accounts... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a tourist attraction that more visitors to Washington should seek out, even though it's off the beaten path from typical tourist spots. The Cottage and nearby buildings, located on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home, contain a number of highly informative exhibits about Abraham Lincoln and his and his family's stays at the cottage, and sheds... More 

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Hasbrouck Heights, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Whether your are a fan of Abraham Lincoln, a history buff in general, or just a DC sightseer, this place will not disappoint. It is a short and easy drive from the busy downtown and one can see why the Lincolns chose to stay here during the hot and humid DC summer months. Although the website said to buy tickets... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really enjoyed the history here. When the guide spoke I could return to that place in time. I saw Lincoln in an entirely different light after going here. A hidden gem for sure. You get to walk through the house and stand on Lincoln's porch. Amazing. Be sure to buy tickets ahead of time as they sell out quickly.... More 

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Holly Springs, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

President Lincoln's Cottage is a newly restored historical building that was opened in 2000. It Is not widely advertised, so it is the best kept secret in DC and should be on the top of anyone's list who wants to see something different in DC. It is about 4 miles away from the Capital. Easy parking at the location. $15... More 

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Barnes, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having been on countless tours of homes of old dead guys, listening to a docent drone on about furniture and how people dressed, I was blown away at how interesting this tour was. Done with numerous forms of multimedia, it provided an outstanding view of Lincoln's life away from the White House during the steamy summers and provided a look... More 

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Washington DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is easy to see why Lincoln so treasured his time at this beautiful home far from the hubbub of wartime D.C., yet only 30 minutes' ride on horseback. The setting remains comparatively serene. You must purchase tour tickets ($15) to enter the house. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic, and the tour itself is well composed, giving the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Go visit Abe Lincoln's Cottage at the Soldiers' Retirement Home. It's hard to find even listed in guidebooks but well worth visiting. It's three miles from the White House and Lincoln and family stayed there summers during the Civil War. Good one-hour tour in a lovely setting.

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