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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 18, 2017 via mobile

Came here for a dinner meeting. Great outdoor setting for cocktails. Toured the house-important historical site. Gorgeous grounds. Dinner in a tent was tasty.

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Reviewed October 16, 2017 via mobile

This was our first visit to the Lincoln Cottage and it did not disappoint . A must visit for anyone interested in the Civil War and/or President Lincoln. Our docent, Curtis was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable. He related events of 150 years past to today.

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Reviewed October 7, 2017 via mobile

I’ve visited DC several times and had never heard of this place. What a find! It is breathtaking in its historical importance and insight into the life of President Lincoln and his family amidst the loss of another son and the civil war. The presentation is very well done. It no longer has artifacts (the Home has had many lives after Lincoln’s demise) but it is no less powerful in its ability to convey the role it played in history. The docent (Diana) was excellent. The A/V presentation brought history to life. Several other presidents used the cottage as a respite from DC life. The surrounding land has a veterans home that pre-dates Lincoln’s residency and it still serves that function. The gift shop is stocked with thoughtful well-curated items many of which are made by survivors of modern day slavery. The cottage offers on-going education and support on abolishing slavery which still exists today. I highly recommend visiting this cottage!

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Reviewed September 6, 2017 via mobile

The statue is actual height. At first it doesn't seem so but as you get closer Lincoln he rises up to meet you.
Well worth the time to see and hear the tour. We went two days after Labor Day and bought tickets on site. No wait a total of 5 of us on the entire tour.

Thank Ron R
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Reviewed September 4, 2017

Have been going to DC for years and had no clue this place even existed. Really interesting, informative, and thought-provoking tour that involves the guests. Joan was a great tour guide. Would go back when bringing others to DC next time!

Thank j97elroy
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