President Lincoln's Cottage

President Lincoln's Cottage

President Lincoln's Cottage
4.5
Speciality MuseumsHistoric SitesHistory Museums
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Known as the "Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation," President Lincoln's Cottage is Abraham Lincoln's summer residence where he lived and worked for over a quarter of his presidency and made some of his most important decisions, including developing the Emancipation Proclamation. Located on a picturesque hilltop in Northwest Washington, DC on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home, the Cottage is open for tours 362 days a year. Guided tours 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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Alese L
    3 contributions
    Fun and informative tour
    Catherine was an awesome tour guide. Her native was engaging,informative , and so much fun. I learned so much and enjoyed seeing the photos and actual Place were it all happened. Could not give a higher rating
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 31, 2023
  • Sarah D
    Columbus, North Carolina14 contributions
    So glad we went
    The traffic is bad but just go to the cottage and take the tour! We had Josie and she was wonderful. Learned a lot about the family and history surrounding it. I have seen some negative “Nancy” comments about how empty the cottage was and your not there for the furniture you are there for the history the family had at the home. It’s beautiful and the guest area and gift shop has wonder information about everything. The loss and grief exhibit for those who have lost children or loved ones is absolutely breath taking. The emotions felt in that room I can’t explain it. Just go visit and see for yourself It’s not a waste of time like some reviews are saying It’s history
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written April 12, 2023
  • Kevin
    Mountain View, California89 contributions
    Out of the way a bit, but interesting to learn more about President Lincoln
    Our Uber driver had some trouble finding this place on his GPS, and they have a security check before you enter, so you may have to have your ID ready to show. The tour last a little over an hour, and it was interesting to learn more about Lincoln's summer residence while he was President, and the things that happened in this cottage. Our guide Paul was very informative, and he actually did encourage us to participate by asking us questions about how we felt about some of the things that happened during that time, or what we would have done if we were in Lincoln's shoes. Photos aren't allowed in the house, but the rooms themselves are empty, so there actually isn't much to see physically inside. But the tour held my attention throughout. There are some exhibits in the visitor's center you can read through after the tour as well.
    Visited October 2022
    Written May 12, 2023
  • DianeF176
    Fairfax, Virginia144 contributions
    A walk back in time and history
    I didn't even know this place existed, and I'm so glad I found it. It dates back to the civil war - it's a walk back in time. The tour is excellent, very informative; our tour guide was Wesley. I had no idea Lincoln spent so much time there, and the emotions that were involved as to WHY he spent time there. There's also historical significance. Don't miss this gem!
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 15, 2023
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Patricia B
Boston, MA76 contributions
Feb 2022
I was encouraged to visit by family members but was not as enthused as they are. Perhaps because it was a cold day so we skipped touring the grounds, which were dormant in February. The building is preserved but because it has been used for so many purposes there is no Lincoln era furnishing or paint colors. The tour script was informative. Later this same week I watched the History Channel series on Lincoln and there was a scene where he sat on the porch discussing emancipation.
Written February 25, 2022
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Melissa P
Lawrence, KS82 contributions
Feb 2021
I am a huge Abraham Lincoln fan, and admire the legacy he left to the United States, but this was completely underwhelming. You have to reserve/pay for tickets before hand; have i.d. ready to enter the check-point upon arrival as cottage sits among a military post for retired service members, which was active during Lincoln's stays, and still is; and sign waivers regarding Covid-19. The cottage, has about eight bare rooms, but no furniture, papers or artifacts etc.. The visitor center, though, does have a pair of his slippers which are most handsome, but that's it. More interesting was the imposing architecture of the original gothic(?) stone buildings of the complex, which are off limits.
Written February 28, 2021
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Perry Hall, MD78 contributions
Dec 2022
This history buff was looking forward to visiting President Lincoln's Cottage. However, visitors should be aware that it's essentially an empty building -- no furniture or home decor. I think it would have helped the Lincoln family "come alive" for visitors if they had period-appropriate furniture in place to help visitors visualize how the Lincolns lived in their leisure time, where President Lincoln received guests, and where he penned the Emancipation Proclamation. That's hard to do with bare walls and floors. Our guide was fairly lackluster, too, unfortunately. I'm still glad that I visited, but this experience could be so much more.
Written December 30, 2022
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roj1281
Houston, TX515 contributions
Sep 2022
Beautiful home, but I was only able to view it from outside. The hours of operation show online as until 4:30 but you can only enter the house in a guided tour and by 3:30 pm there were no more tours. Still nice to stop by and get a picture!
Written September 16, 2022
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Robin B
Phoenix, AZ1,413 contributions
Sep 2022
This cottage is where President Lincoln came during the summer months of 1862, 1863 and 1864. The cottage is located on the grounds of a veteran’s retirement home. There is a parking lot (which I could never verify from the website) and a very nice visitor center/gift shop. The staff was friendly and helpful. The reason for the four-star rating is our docent wasn’t that great. The house itself is steeped in history and despite having no furniture, it has a lot of stories to tell. I just wish they would have been told a little better with a little more enthusiasm and detail.
Written September 25, 2022
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Sarah D
Columbus, NC14 contributions
Apr 2023 • Family
The traffic is bad but just go to the cottage and take the tour! We had Josie and she was wonderful. Learned a lot about the family and history surrounding it. I have seen some negative “Nancy” comments about how empty the cottage was and your not there for the furniture you are there for the history the family had at the home. It’s beautiful and the guest area and gift shop has wonder information about everything. The loss and grief exhibit for those who have lost children or loved ones is absolutely breath taking. The emotions felt in that room I can’t explain it. Just go visit and see for yourself
It’s not a waste of time like some reviews are saying
It’s history
Written April 13, 2023
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Kim M
1 contribution
Apr 2022
This tour is a hidden gem. If you have done most sites that DC offers, this is a guided tour of Lincoln's summer cottage. The tour guide goes into detail about Lincoln during the Civil War and his relaxed stays at the cottage. (Cottage is a very large home). I highly recommend it.
Written April 3, 2022
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JentheLibrarian
Denver, CO30 contributions
Apr 2022 • Family
I thought I had seen everything worth seeing in Washington, DC. I was wrong. I visited Lincoln’s Cottage while chaperoning a week long field trip to DC with a bunch of 13 year olds. Our tour guide was engaging, and I came away with newfound knowledge and appreciation for President Lincoln. It’s a little off the beaten path for the bulk of tourist attractions but well worth the visit for history buffs.
Written April 29, 2022
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Foodie_19900
16 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
We went here right before the pandemic hit. This was a great historical place and I highly recommend it. The tour guides definitely make the tours worth it. They tell the story with a lot of passion and love. Big plus to all the tour guides.
Written June 4, 2020
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Alese L
3 contributions
Apr 2023 • Couples
Catherine was an awesome tour guide. Her native was engaging,informative , and so much fun. I learned so much and enjoyed seeing the photos and actual
Place were it all happened. Could not give a higher rating
Written March 31, 2023
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