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“Remarkable. A visit we will always remember.”

President Lincoln's Cottage
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$240.00*
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Private Customized Tour of Washington DC with US Veteran
Ranked #52 of 455 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.
Reviewed April 12, 2012

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.

Thank faygokid
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Reviewed April 7, 2012

Lincoln's Cottage sits on a beautiful, peaceful piece of land next to the Veterans home. It is in good condition with a very good museum/exhibit that shows Washington during the Civil War. The docents are very knowledeable and help to paint a portrait of Lincoln you don't ofen see: as a man who would commute to work via carriage, with little security (he was fired upon once on his way to the Cottage), seeking respite from his work at days end. It was great look back in time.

Thank RonS731
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Reviewed April 4, 2012

Arrived thinking we would see Pres. Lincoln's summer residence
the way it was in 'the day'.
Most rooms were bare.
Narration is more about what was happening
as Lincoln lived here with some insights into the President and family.
$15/ person a little steep for what you actually see on the inside!
Museum was free and worth the visit.

Thank Chaminade64
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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.

Thank Tbirdgma
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Reviewed February 1, 2012

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

Thank Lisa C
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