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Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

1411 W Street, S.E., Washington DC, DC 20020-4813
+1 202-426-5961
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Off the beaten path GEM in the metro-DC area

Just visited this historic home today with neighbors from Alexandria. It's a FREE national historic... read more

Reviewed 15 November 2016
Alexandria, Virginia
Historical Vacation

What a wonderful place to visit. For any Historical Buff is a must see. We had no idea that most of... read more

Reviewed 14 November 2016
Ayla M
Lafayette Parish, Louisiana
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Honoring the most famous African-American, this National Historic Site consists of Douglass' home and a visitor center and is dedicated to preserving his legacy of work on behalf of African Americans.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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1411 W Street, S.E., Washington DC, DC 20020-4813
+1 202-426-5961
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Reviewed 15 November 2016

Just visited this historic home today with neighbors from Alexandria. It's a FREE national historic site, so there is NO entrance fee. There is ample free parking, a quick walk to the visitors' center. There you get a pass for the guided tour of Douglass'...More

Thank dcr1837
Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

What a wonderful place to visit. For any Historical Buff is a must see. We had no idea that most of the items in the home were original to Frederick Douglass. We enjoyed the visit.

Thank Ayla M
Reviewed 3 November 2016

You can only tour the house if you have a reservation. This is done through Recreation.gov for a $1.50 fee per person. Or, you can try to do a walk-up reservation. There is a movie which depicts the life of Frederick Douglass. The visitor's center...More

Thank safety_princess
Reviewed 14 October 2016

Frederick Douglass was an early and very important civic rights activist. He was appointed U. S. marshal for the District of Columbia which assured his family's financial condition and used some of the money to purchase the home he and his wife called "Cedar Hill"...More

Thank Randy L
Reviewed 22 September 2016

This is a little tricky to get to but very walkable from Anacostia station and in summer (in the past) there has been a free bus which goes from museums on the Mall to the house. It is an interesting site and you are taken...More

Thank mark f
Reviewed 18 September 2016

I was the lone person turning the site at 9 a.m. on Friday. This is a little out of the way, but public transit put me close to the entrance. I as a bit early and when they opened the gates a little before 9...More

Thank Cheryl B
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Absolutely wonderful. The guide knew so much about his home and life and was able to answer our questions. I learned a lot of new things about him that I never would have imagined. One word of caution, if you can't walk up lots of...More

Thank nana0172209
Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

We were able to walk around the outside and go inside the visitors center. We did not reserve tickets so we couldn't go inside the actual home...which was strange bc there was literally no one there but apparently the free tickets for the day were...More

Thank Sarah W
Reviewed 31 August 2016

On our summer road trip to Washington DC this summer, we decided to take the kids to see Frederick Douglass's home. My son, age 10, was so excited because he had written a paper about Mr. Douglass. We drive to the home, 1 hour away...More

1  Thank doc9801
Reviewed 23 August 2016

A fascinating small group tour of the home of Frederick Douglass, a truly great figure of American history. I read his autobiography before we visited, which made the house even more special. His story seems to have become sidelined in history...it deserves a prominent place...More

Thank ggvghk
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Rachel T
4 June 2015|
Response from Cdnew1980 |
Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery in Maryland and rose to become a national leader of the abolitionist movement. He was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman.
Rachel T
2 June 2015|
Response from Timothy R | Reviewed this property |
The memorial is based in the house Mr. Douglass bought when he was working in DC, so is there because of the house.