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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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We're a family with a teenager and a big kid. This tour was fabulous, while the cottage is a simple old house the Tour Guide did an incredible job of taking us back in time and picturing President Lincoln and his family as they went...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank gbruiz1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited Abraham Lincoln’s cabin (D.C.) which was used as his summer retreat. Kevin, the tour guide was excellent. He provided us with much information. What passion he has for the history! One leaves thinking of how much President Lincoln changed, how much more he...More

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a hidden jewel on the Old Soldiers Home campus. It was great seeing where he and his family stayed during the summer. It would have been nice to hear more stories about President Lincoln and his family as well has to have some more...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Zamtricia
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

‘Cottage’ devoid of artifacts and the usual clutter. Replaced by a really good docent and thoughtful use of media, the house comes to life in a thoroughly interesting 1 hour presentation and tour. This is followed by an interactive display at the Visitor’s Center. Here,...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank GrahamJ988
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had no idea that this place existed, but I’m glad I went! The cottage itself is surrounded by the Armed Forces Retirement Home which offers a unique history and some fun architecture to look at. My tour guide Lydia was very well informed on...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Maria M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Understand the author of the emancipation proclamation in a way that you feel Lincoln’s wisdom and spirit. Our tour guide was outstanding to help us understand the darkest period in our history and the inspiration for a better future for all Americans.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed February 11, 2019

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 January 30, 2019

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
Thank VAGatorHamilton_VA
Reviewed January 24, 2019

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 January 24, 2019

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
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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