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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
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+1 202-829-0436
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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Quaint little cottage of 34 rooms

Visited today on Presidents' Day and what a perfect place to go. You can get tickets (15.00/person)for a timed guided tour which we loved. The historian phoebe was so interesting... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
University Park, Maryland
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I lived in DC for 15 years, and I have visited multiple times since. But I had never been to Lincoln's summer cottage, from which he commuted daily to the White House over the course of some of the most consequential years of his presidency. The house and history are interesting for their own sake, but what makes a visit... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited today on Presidents' Day and what a perfect place to go. You can get tickets (15.00/person)for a timed guided tour which we loved. The historian phoebe was so interesting we would not have minded going through all thirty four rooms. Ample parking. You can also walk around some of the surrounding area.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are in DC and see Ford's Theatre and the Lincoln Memorial, you should see the cottage to learn more about Lincoln and his family life. The tour is not like other presidential homes as there is no original or period furniture. The very well informed guide more than made up for it, with video and audio clips and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You might need to get off your taxi or Uber at the gate of the Armed Forces Retirement Home. However, the museum and Lincoln's Cottage are next to the gate. You might also want to purchase your tour ticket in advance. I could not join the last tour at three o'clock as I did not. The tour takes you inside... More 

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful tour of some awesome history. Very thought provoking and it was very cool to see where President Lincoln spent his summers during the Civil War and to imagine his life then.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The museum has a bit of information, plus rotating exhibits - currently on immigration in the US. But you'll definitely want the tour to see and experience the cottage. The house is smaller and more intimate than we expected, and the tour really helped us to feel like Lincoln and his family were right there. A wonderful place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Not your typical house tour. Instead of talking about the house and it's contents, our wonderful guide Phoebe talked about the issues and challenges Lincoln faced during his summers at the cottage. Phoebe was fantastic, and gave a really thought provoking, worthwhile tour!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2017

Now a few minutes away, it is hard to believe this little house was once a suburban sanctuary for Lincoln. The tour will give you a feel for what DC was like 150 years ago in another age

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 16, 2017

We visited on an unseasonably warm day in early January. Our party of 5 arrived before 11am (hoping to get on the 11am tour) and met Phoebe who was to be our guide. One other person joined us. Phoebe was one of the best guides we have ever had the pleasure of showing us around. She was engaging, bright, articulate,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 11, 2017

First of all I had no idea this place even existed. If it weren't for my best friend who knows I have a passion for Abraham Lincoln I would of missed this amazing attraction. Abraham Lincoln would come to the summer cottage to get away from the continuous business at the White House. Mary, his sons, and him would take... More 

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