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“Lincoln's Cottage ... a special place to visit”

President Lincoln's Cottage
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$240.00*
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Private Customized Tour of Washington DC with US Veteran
Ranked #51 of 443 things to do in Washington DC
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Owner description: 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.
Rockville, Maryland
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“Lincoln's Cottage ... a special place to visit”
Reviewed March 31, 2012

Whether you are a history buff or not, this site where Lincoln was his happiest is not to be missed whether you are a tourist or a resident of the DC area. The museum is outstanding! The house is empty of furniture, but not empty of history! You are back in Lincoln's living room listening to his voice! Unique experience led by the best tour guides in D.C.

Visited February 2012
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Lake Wales, Florida
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“A neat place to see!”
Reviewed February 1, 2012

My son loves President Lincoln so this was a must see. Beautiful grounds and very nice tour.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Don't Miss this”
Reviewed January 29, 2012

If you have seen the "Lights of Liberty" in Philadelphia you will love this. It is done in the same style with A/V projecting images and reading letters.

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Brooklyn, New York
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“President Lincoln”
Reviewed January 20, 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen: President Lincoln was the most important president in the entire universe. I adore his perservance and hard work to get to the top. He failed at everything and won the highest honor. Go America....

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Seattle, Washington
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“Invites us into the mind of a wartime president......A wonderfully moving experience.”
Reviewed January 14, 2012

More is less at the Lincoln Cottage. While other Lincoln historical sites are more all-encompassing in their scope and artifact-laden {and many are wonderful in their own way}, they don't invite us into the daily turmoil of a wartime president that this site does. This site reveals, through wonderful audio & visual snippets and tour guide anecdotes only, why Lincoln needed this respite for his sanity and how it provided just enough of one to allow him to sift through the meaning and moral purpose of the American Civil War.

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The visitor's center encases the pre-tour film and museum exhibits as well as a gift shop. Although we found the pre-tour film to be very good and the exhibits well worth it, the gift shop was rather subpar. We found the site to be accessible via the metro provided that you do not mind a 15 minute walk to and from the station. It is best to arrive well-fed as food at the gift shop {as well as in the surrounding neighborhood} is virtually nil.

Visited March 2011
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