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President Lincoln's Cottage

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Address: 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW and Upshur Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20011-8400
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+1 202-829-0436
09:30 - 16:30
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Known as the "Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation". The...

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.

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What they didn't teach you in school

This attraction was eye opening. The summer cottage where Lincoln lived and work was actually a "loan" from Buchanan. The tour is well worth it as you are allowed access into... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This attraction was eye opening. The summer cottage where Lincoln lived and work was actually a "loan" from Buchanan. The tour is well worth it as you are allowed access into the cottage and can imagine life back in the 1860's. The multi media integration worked well as it brought to life some voices but was not overwhelming. Our guide... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I've lived in/around DC for almost 30 years and had never been here. I stumbled across a Groupon for admission and with family visiting, it seemed like a great way to spend the afternoon. (even without the Groupon, it's not expensive.) We were not disappointed. Our guide (can't recall his name, young African-American guy/grad student) was very knowledgeable and kept... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visiting the cottage has been on my wish list for years. I used a Groupon to take some out of town visitors. I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed the display in the visitor center and the tour by Ashley was excellent. I was particularly touched to find that they describe the cottage and center as a "museum of ideas," and... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went to see Lincoln's cottage without knowing anything about it. I learned a few things about DC during Lincoln's time from the exhibit in the visitor center. The tour of the cottage was disappointing -- as other reviewers have pointed out, the rooms were bare, the tour guide was not the pro (or enthusiastic amateur) that one might expect,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

President Lincoln and his family spent summers in this unique "cottage" on the grounds of the first National Cemetery. The tour focuses on how Lincoln's ideas were formed and implemented not about the structure, furnishings. It gives one food for thought as you hear how Lincoln developed the Emancipation Proclamation. Photos not allowed in the house but there are many... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Makes you feel so wonderful to see just how he lived in his time. He was an amazing president in his time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My family, "discovered" the Lincoln Cottage on our recent visit to the Old Soldiers Home, in DC, to visit our Grandfather's (one of the original Buffalo Soldiers) graveside in the old Federal Cemetery there. (This cemetery is the original Military cemetery for our fallen vets, the precursor to Arlington Cemetery). Lincoln and family, used this location as the summer residence... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We live in the area, and have been meaning for years to make this visit. Fantastic! Great visitors center with friendly staff, informative displays, and wonderful use of technology to present historical photos and exhibits. The tour of the historic cottage was interactive, and quite insightful. The grounds are beautiful, with a hilltop view of downtown D.C. and the monuments.... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

I lived in DC for 15 years, and I have visited multiple times since. But I had never been to Lincoln's summer cottage, from which he commuted daily to the White House over the course of some of the most consequential years of his presidency. The house and history are interesting for their own sake, but what makes a visit... More 

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University Park, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Visited today on Presidents' Day and what a perfect place to go. You can get tickets (15.00/person)for a timed guided tour which we loved. The historian phoebe was so interesting we would not have minded going through all thirty four rooms. Ample parking. You can also walk around some of the surrounding area.

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