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Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

1411 W St SE, Washington DC, DC 20020-4813
+1 202-426-5961
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Historic Views and Life of a African American Legend

We first began the tour inside of the center at the bottom of the hill where there was a store to... read more

Reviewed 3 December 2016
Marcia M
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
What an important stop

It started with a 20 movie describing Frederick Douglas' life: dramatization; lots of quotes and... read more

Reviewed 26 November 2016
Diane G
,
North Ferrisburg, Vermont
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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.
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good25%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“cedar hill” (15 reviews)
“house tour” (14 reviews)
“his life” (16 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
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1411 W St SE, Washington DC, DC 20020-4813
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+1 202-426-5961
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Reviewed 3 December 2016

We first began the tour inside of the center at the bottom of the hill where there was a store to buy items and then we were directed to walk up the hill to Fredrick Douglass' home to start the tour. There are A LOT...More

1  Thank Marcia M
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Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

It started with a 20 movie describing Frederick Douglas' life: dramatization; lots of quotes and interesting information in the lobby; be sure to sign up for a tour which we unfortunately missed.

Thank Diane G
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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
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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

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

2  Thank doc9801
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swest8812
30 March 2018|
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Response from Sarah C | Reviewed this property |
Call ahead but generally NPS sites are closed Christmas and Thanksgiving.
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Amanda S
20 March 2018|
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Response from Sarah C | Reviewed this property |
You should call the park number to be sure but you should be able to go in and get tickets the day of. But it’s always best to call the individual park for the best information.
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Rachel T
4 June 2015|
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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.
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