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“Inspiring”

President Lincoln's Cottage
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Private Customized Tour of Washington DC with US Veteran
Ranked #53 of 458 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 December 18, 2013

For history buffs like myself, a very inspiring experience through what was President Lincoln's rural home away from the White House. As we learned, it was so disruptive in Washington during the Civil War that the President commuted here daily for some peace and quiet. The guide was very passionate and informative about its historical significance. The cemetery is nearby which the President saw filing at an alarming rate from the Civil War casualties. In the welcome center there are several rooms with exhibits and films. Fascinating experience.

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Reviewed November 21, 2013 via mobile

This tour was very good. Our guide was enthusiastic and very knowledgable. He told us that they did not focus on furnishings in the house but rather focused on Lincoln as a man. I learned so much and found the tour memorable. The use of technology during the tour brought events to life. Definitely worth the time. The location is lovely too.

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Reviewed November 4, 2013

Our visit to the Lincoln Cottage in DC was an unexpected treat. This historic site is wonderful the docent was knowledgeable and was very adept at transporting us back to the Civil War era. This is a must see for any Civil War/Lincoln buff.

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Reviewed October 28, 2013

One of the best things we did in DC, hands down. This site showcases very few period artifacts in Lincoln's Civil War cottage, focusing instead on how the context of the house contributed to his wartime decisions and the Emancipation Proclamation. A great site for history buffs. We also liked the small museum in the nearby visitors' centre and the life-size statue of (the very tall) Lincoln outside the cottage. It took us 20 minutes to walk from the Georgia-Petworth Metro station, but if you're not a fast walker, allow more time or cab it.

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Reviewed October 27, 2013

President Lincoln spent considerable time at this "cottage" ( about 10'000 sq ft) during the darkest days of the civil war. It was his retreat for some quiet and respite from the summer heat. This place is out of the normal D.C. tourist route, but it is worth effort. The house, built in the 1840s, was completely restored in 2008. Escorted tours start each hour on the hour and cost $15. Our docent lead an interesting, informative tour. Recommended when you have time.

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