You don't have to be a Lincoln or Civil War buff to appreciate the historic importance of this home and the surrounding grounds, including the military cemetery just down the block. The tour was well worth the price; our guide was knowledgable (which helped, given the extraordinary knowledge of those on the tour). No, the Lincoln furniture has long since scattered, but to lean on the fireplace in the room where he took his breakfast each morning (invariably an egg and coffee) is to share a moment with the family. The summer home meant so much to him and Mrs. Lincoln. I can picture him here more than any other place I have visited associated with President Lincoln. No small children, please! The tour is about an hour, and will be boring for all but the most precocious 11 year olds up. Also, be sure to drive around the property to see other beautiful historic homes and the underrated Gen. Winfield Scott overlooking DC. You can see why there were breezes and it was cooler in the summer standing at the Scott statue.
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