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“An interesting bit of history outside of downtown!”

President Lincoln's Cottage
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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.
Columbia, MD
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“An interesting bit of history outside of downtown!”
Reviewed June 23, 2012

We took our two kids, 6 and 7, and found it to be a pleasant and interesting experience. We paid half price from a LivingSocial deal. Full price for an hour tour is pretty steep but as they say, funding is scarce. The house is sparsely decorated in favor of authenticity. Those looking for a Williamsburg-esque recreation should look elsewhere. As one would expect from a historic cottage the central air is present but weak. Be mindful of high temperatures. However, the grounds and gorgeous and the tour was interesting. Glad we went!

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Peoria, Arizona
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70 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Another highlight of our trip”
Reviewed June 20, 2012

This is where Lincoln and his family would stay during the summers because of it's cooler location and more privacy for his family. He would ride his horse 3 miles to the White House. The tour was very well done and you could tell the guide was well informed and loved her job.

Visited June 2012
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Washington DC
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Lincoln's summer cottage”
Reviewed June 19, 2012

not really a cottage but an unknown to me part of the history of the city. good tour with knowledgable guides. A must for Lincoln buffs

Visited August 2011
1 Thank Danandbev
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great Docent tour”
Reviewed June 18, 2012

Learned so much about Lincoln and the Civil War. It was a real high to stand in the room where Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation. Wonderful restoration done by the Nat'l Trust for Historic Preservation

Visited May 2012
1 Thank NormChicago
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Silver Spring, MD
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67 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Wonderful experience”
Reviewed June 15, 2012

Great guided tour of genuinely important and moving home.

Visited May 2012
Thank Nickelman
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