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President Lincoln's Cottage

140 Rock Creek Church Road NW and Upshur Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20011-8400
+1 202-829-0436
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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 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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140 Rock Creek Church Road NW and Upshur Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20011-8400
+1 202-829-0436
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Reviewed August 5, 2017 via mobile

If you like history this place is pretty cool. I wondered why I had never been or known about it but its only been open since 2008. Walk in Abe's footsteps, view out his bedroom window where he drafted the Emancipation Proclamation and imagine the...More

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Reviewed August 2, 2017 via mobile

The tour office and museum are very impressive and the surroundings of the cottage and the adjacent servicemen's home are beautiful. I found the tour itself to be a major letdown. It begins in a classroom environment where the guide asks for input concerning the...More

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Reviewed August 1, 2017 via mobile

This is one of those off the beaten path finds. Beautiful restored home! Our guide Amy was amazing! Amy's tour was in depth and focused on President Lincoln's writing on the Emancipation Proclamation. So glad we visited! You really must experience it for yourself!

Thank Lbaker3366
Reviewed July 28, 2017

This tour was done by an excellent guide who was so knowledgeable and able to answer any question posed to her. She made the experience very interactive by asking us questions and then expounding upon our answers and our questions!! My granddaughters 12 & 14...More

Thank sleebrownies
Reviewed July 23, 2017

A visit to Lincoln's Cottage has been on my bucket list for years. My wife and I finally made it there this summer. Unlike the Lincoln Memorial or Ford's theater, both well worth visiting, the Cottage is not mobbed with visitors. Visits to the inside...More

Thank Ingrid H
Reviewed July 15, 2017

We did not even know this was here despite many trips to DC. It is the evening home of Lincoln and has a lot of personal info about him and his family. Authentic building and grounds and lots of history to be learned.

Thank TexWorldTraveler
Reviewed July 2, 2017 via mobile

We did this hour long tour of President Lincolns home and received a lot of knowledge while walking over the same steps the President did 150 years ago. Our tour guide Ashlee, did a phenomenal job. Keep her on staff, she's wonderful.

Thank Adam A
Reviewed July 1, 2017 via mobile

Beautiful Home located in the Armed Forces Retirement Home grounds. It is a wonderful piece of history and the grounds are absolutely phenomenal. Definitely worth stopping by.

Thank Karly S
Reviewed June 28, 2017 via mobile

Get away from the loud downtown and head north to the Cottage!! This is Lincoln's summer home, where he likely came up with his biggest and bravest ideas! The staff here is soooo knowledgeable and ready to share his story! The cottage itself is an...More

Thank Jason R
Reviewed June 24, 2017

Was one of the best tours. The young lady who gave us the tour was wonderful. The house itself is sparse, but the history in it lives on with the guide. We entered each room filled with history and basked in the glory of what...More

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April 7, 2017|
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Response from SuzeePee | 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
December 26, 2015|
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Response from dcr1837 | Reviewed this property |
Yes: you can buy ahead - and pay a service fee for the convenience; or you can buy them onsite.