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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
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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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Very Close to Lincoln

This Lincoln shrine is hidden away inside the grounds of the Soldiers & Sailors Home in Washington, DC. It's a little hard to find, and is not heavily visited by tourists or... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This Lincoln shrine is hidden away inside the grounds of the Soldiers & Sailors Home in Washington, DC. It's a little hard to find, and is not heavily visited by tourists or locals. The summer cottage was the Lincoln family hide-away from the summer heat and humidity of the White House, only about three miles away... President Lincoln very probably... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This is off the beaten tourist trail. It is located in a beautiful, peaceful war veterans retirement compound just 4 miles uphill from the White House. Our tour group was small, and allowed us to feel the house in an intimate way. Standing in the room in which Mr. Lincoln wrote the emancipation proclamation was quite moving. We have been... More 

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Shanghai, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

This was a great surprise in DC! We've visited DC on several occasions and didn't know about this historic attraction. Beautiful grounds and interesting information.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A great guided tour with a smaller group. Informative and interesting. A welcomed change from crowded museums. A must see for Lincoln enthusiasts.

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Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our 7 year old son is a huge Abraham Lincoln fan, so stopping here was a must! We bought discount tickets on Living Social and for a great deal. The tour wasn't flashy and they ask the visitors lots of questions about their impressions as well. It was a lot like a lesson, but we enjoyed it. His cottage is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is really not that bad to get there. There is a metro stop .8 of a mile from it and you can walk or transfer to a bus that stops at the entrance. Once you go through the gate you can feel the reason Lincoln liked it here. Since we were a little early we sat in the gazebo... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

President Lincoln's Cottage offers a unique view of the Commander in Chief's attempt to achieve a degree of family normalcy despite his demanding role in troubling times and personal sadness. The docent-led 60 minute (approximate) tour of the cottage is WELL worth the admission fee. The free fascinating museum and access to beautiful grounds add to the treat.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lincoln's Cottage is a historical site located in Washington D.C. 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW, Washington D.C. It is a great place to visit while in Washington DC if you love history and are an Abe Lincoln fan. The cottage is near the Old Soldiers Home and one of the first National Cemeteries. The cottage is were president Lincoln... More 

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Crofton, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been wanting to visit Lincoln's Cottage for a few years now, but since it's off the beaten path, I just never seemed to make it there. My friend, who is a real Lincoln fan, encouraged me to go with her so I finally made it. Be sure to call ahead for reservations as the tours fill up quickly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a group of adults and kids. We all enjoyed this tour and learned lots of interesting historical facts and stories about Lincoln.

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