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“Often Overlooked Historical Site”

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
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African American History Tour
Ranked #92 of 460 things to do in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Honoring the most famous African-American, this National Historic Site consists of Douglass' home and a visitor center and is dedicated to preserving his legacy of work on behalf of African Americans.
Reviewed February 17, 2012

Ffinally after 56 yearsI was able to tour the Frederick Douglass house. Up until I was five years old, my grandparents lived across the street from the Frederick Douglass house. I asked my grandparents about the big house on the hill that overlooked the street, and they said the man who built it and owned it was dead. I learned about Frederick Douglass later and was in awe of his accomplishments. The house has been wonderfully restored with a beautiful interior. There is a short film shown in the visitors center about Frederick Douglass's life. Be sure to make reservations prior to your visit to schedule a tour of the house, and allow enough time to walk the grounds in daylight. The views of Washington DC are astounding. Our Park Service guide was excellent.

Thank Michaelld1973
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Reviewed February 7, 2012

I had long been curious about the Douglass house, Cedar Hill, in Anacostia, and I finally decided to visit it with some friends on MLK weekend. I was thoroughly impressed with the house tour, and I consider myself something of a conaisseur. The home is fully furnished, with most of the artifacts original to the house, so that you feel as if the family just stepped out for a bit. Our tour guide was excellent; he provided facts, anecdotes, interesting commentary, and was able to answer all the questions we had. The visitor center is very small, but it does have a short film about Douglass that you can view before going on your tour.
Good to know: Make tour reservations if you're visiting on a weekend or holiday. Free parking is available in the visitor center lot. The house is reached via steep stairs or a very long driveway. There are very narrow stairs inside the house. Nearby dining options are limited at best.

3  Thank 21Tanya
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Reviewed January 16, 2012

Amazing man. Not as slick as some other historic sites but, genuine. Careful neighborhood is a little shady. Be on your way well before dark.

Thank Me L
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Reviewed January 9, 2012

The original home of Frederick Douglass... it is full of history and original artifacts. It sits on top of hill in the historical Anacostia area of DC.

Thank DC_Chickadee
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Reviewed January 1, 2012

The visitor's center is small, but informative. Tours of the Victorian home give insight into Frederick Douglass and his work.

Thank RenMeili
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