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“Interesting Venue for Civil War Buffs or Lincoln Fans”

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.
Reviewed October 25, 2012

My neighborhood ladies tour group did a tour of Lincoln's Cottage on October 19, 2012. This hour long tour was different than most historic houses because there is no furniture or art in the cottage. So instead of spending the tour looking at "this painting by XXX" or this "sofa from 1860" the tour focused on actual conversations Lincoln had with people while at the cottage or on his thoughts as he worked on the Emancipation Proclamation as well as on the events occuring at that time in the CIvil War. Our tour guide, Michele, was 5 star. She was very thoughtful and insightful in her presentation of Lincoln, both as a man and as President. It was a very different type of tour and our group thoroughly enjoyed it. The Visitor's Center had one of the original signed Emancipation Proclamations on display as well as other displays pertaining to Lincoln's Presidency. This was a fascinating look at Lincoln.

Thank Eva K
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Reviewed October 14, 2012

We enjoyed the vistor center and guided tour. The tour was very successfully organized around a theme of Lincoln's thoughts and ideas and how he worked on these in this cottage. The combination of videos, audio and tour guide talks was very effective. For example, we were seated in the parlor as we listened to an audio of late night vistors meeting Lincoln as he walked through the doors we were facing. The 1 hour tour is worth a visit if you're in Washington or live in the area.

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Reviewed October 13, 2012

I bought a groupon for a tour of the cottage for half off the price. I'm actually glad I didn't pay full price. The statue of Lincoln and the horse was nice as well as the structure of the cottage. As other reviewers have said, its pretty empty and not really anything to see.The tour guide was good but there was really nothing to see. The vistors center had more interesting material than the cottage.

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Reviewed October 7, 2012

We visited Lincoln’s Cottage primarily to view a signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation that is on display there through the end of February 2013. The document is appropriately shown here in Lincoln’s “summer White House” where Lincoln is believed to have drafted the document. The Proclamation can be viewed at no charge in the Visitor’s Center, but a tour of the cottage itself costs $15 for adults (way overpriced, $5 might be more appropriate). As with most tours, your experience is dependent upon the knowledge and skill of the tour guide. We heard snippets of events and conversations that took place in the cottage both from the guide and recordings in each room, but furnishings and personal content were nonexistent though some period replicas were placed in a couple of rooms. Don’t miss the square of original flooring protected under glass upstairs.
The Cottage was, and remains, located on the grounds of the “Old Soldiers Home” (now US Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home) which also include a National Cemetery. From his vantage, Lincoln was daily witness to several burials of soldiers fallen in defense of the Union, a sober reminder of the cost of war. A visit to the cemetery grounds finds, just inside the gate, the tomb of Maj General John A Logan who was Commander of the Grand Army of the Republic and who issued an order that declared May 30, 1868 as Memorial Day for “decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion,” with the hope that the practice be maintained from year to year.
We were fortunate to visit on family day, September 29, when the experience was enhanced by Civil War era music, civilians in period costume, and camp reenactment of the 150th PA Bucktails Volunteer Regiment. Company K of the original regiment had served as Lincoln’s Guards.
While we were in the area, we also visited nearby Ft Stevens, northernmost in the network of fortresses built during the Civil War to protect the Capital. Here on July 11-12, 1864 was fought the only battle of the Civil War that took place in the Nation’s Capital. While observing the battle, President Lincoln came under Confederate sharpshooter fire but was not harmed. It’s alleged that a soldier standing next to him was killed. Continuing up Georgia Avenue for about a half mile we completed this episode of the Civil War by visiting the area of the battleground where 40 of the Union soldiers who died in the battle were buried that same night. President Lincoln attended the burial ceremony and dedicated the site as a National Military Cemetery. Also buried there are one soldier who died later and family members of the original caretaker of the cemetery. The cemetery also has memorials for the regiments that fought in the battle. Aptly named, Battleground Cemetery is among the smallest of National Cemeteries.

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Reviewed October 5, 2012

We had a great day there. We toured the cottaged, saw the cemetary, enjoyed the fashion show of the women's clothing of the era, listened to people sing slave gospels dressed as slaves (they were awesome singers, they had me crying, it was so beautiful) and got to speak to many people who came there dressed in the time period clothing and had lots of hands on stuff to look at.

Thank Lisa S
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