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“Off-the-beaten path, but worth a visit.”

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 June 7, 2013

I purchased this tour on a Groupon and had no idea that it was so far away from everything, including the metro. My daughter and I took the metro as close as we could get and then used our GPS to direct us there. The walk was mostly uphill and through a not-so-nice neighborhood. Once we arrived, we did not have a reservation and had to wait over an hour for the next available tour, which was also the last one of the day. As far as we walked, we had no other choice but to wait.

The house clearly had a lot of history and the tour guide seemed quite knowledgeable. The house itself was not impressive, as there were no original pieces, but from a historical perspective, it was worth the visit. This is not a place to visit with young children or those not interested in history.

Thank Patricebill1
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

Hard to find. The tour was fantastic. The cottage itself is not impressive, but the history lessons you can get there are worth the trek.

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Reviewed May 27, 2013

Let's begin with the truth: there is nothing special to see here. The cottage itself has been restored, but there is nothing original inside. What little furniture that has been placed in the cottage is new pieces. There are no originals. The spectacular view Lincoln had from his veranda of all of Washington is now blocked by trees.

For those who treasure Lincoln, especially his role in ending slavery, this is a truly worthwhile trip. The guided tour is interesting and educational, and deliberately made so because there is really nothing to show the visitor.

I must caution older folks or squirmy youngsters. Since the program requires an hour of mainly standing, it can be tough on the legs. I am surprised they haven't lined the empty rooms with benches to sit on. This would make the tour much more bearable.

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Reviewed May 16, 2013

This is one of those out of the way sites most tourists never learn about which is too bad. The history here is wonderful and the tour guides provided a lot of information. You can almost feel Lincoln as he ponders the many siginificant questions of his presidency.

Thank Joby D
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

Lincoln’s Cottage is worth the trip. For anyone who values the history of the civil war and emancipation, this is a very different view of what happened and what our nation’s leaders were thinking. It is the view from where Abe Lincoln actually spent much of his time thinking and formulating his core ideas about the Civil War, emancipation, and the Union.

Lincoln’s cottage was not built by Lincoln nor built for Lincoln. But it is where he and his family spent a lot of time during their Presidency, thus it bears his namesake. The tour guides are wonderful and very knowledgeable. Some are students who are studying for a PhD in history, others are enthusiasts of this period in history. The tour was interactive with videos, Q&A from the group, and a great tour of the actual house and rooms where Lincoln ate, slept, and conducted important meetings. Takes about 1.5-3 hours depending on how much you walk around the grounds after the tour.

One drawback—it is hard to get there. You will need a car and cannot rely on public transportation. Overall, I recommend this tour.

Thank EuroHoneyMoon2010
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