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President Lincoln's Cottage

140 Rock Creek Church Road NW and Upshur Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20011-8400
+1 202-829-0436
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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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140 Rock Creek Church Road NW and Upshur Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20011-8400
+1 202-829-0436
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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Phoebe was our historian, more than a tour guide, and Lincoln's Cottage is more than a house. Go with an open mind to look into the past. Still relevant topic to remember in our country today. Follow up with One Destiny play at Ford's theatre...More

Thank Toutmom
Reviewed 11 April 2017

This is a must see attraction for anyone the slightest bit interested in the history of the Civil War or Abraham Lincoln. The grounds of Lincoln's summer home make an immediate impression and there is a life sized statue of Lincoln and his horse outside...More

Thank windem60
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

The tour of President Lincoln's Cottage provides an important and unique perspective into the challenges that faced the 16th President during the Civil War. A ~$15 Uber from downtown DC is the easiest was to get to the site. Lincoln spent his summers commuting from...More

Thank LamaFood
Reviewed 7 April 2017 via mobile

The cottage tour was recommended by a local. I would have had no idea it existed otherwise. The tour was informative and thought provoking. I had no idea what Lincoln must have felt and experienced as a human with the immense pressures of leading a...More

Thank Debbie T
Reviewed 26 March 2017

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...More

Thank gg99
Reviewed 16 March 2017

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....More

Thank FinlayTP
Reviewed 16 March 2017

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...More

Thank tilda54
Reviewed 8 March 2017 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...More

1  Thank Rosanna N
Reviewed 8 March 2017

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...More

1  Thank FranChasen
Reviewed 7 March 2017

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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How long should you plan on spending at the Cottage?
7 April 2017|
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Response from SuzeePee | Reviewed this property |
To see the house, you have to be on a tour, which takes about an hour (although with questions, can run a bit longer). The visitor's center has a few small exhibits and a gift shop. Two hours will do it. It's a fantastic... More
Is this site accessible for an older person who cannot walk long distances? Is there a place to drop someone off near the cottage, or must she walk from the parking lot? Thanks.
18 October 2016|
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Response from mojoWashingtonDC | Reviewed this property |
The parking lot is very close to the Visitors Center, where you are required to start. Then you must cross the street and walk a short distance to see the cottage. You do have to walk up one flight of stairs inside; if that... More
Do you need to get tickets?
26 December 2015|
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Response from dcr1837 | Reviewed this property |
Yes: you can buy ahead - and pay a service fee for the convenience; or you can buy them onsite.