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Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

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Address: 1411 W Street, S.E., Washington DC, DC 20020-4813
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Honoring the most famous African-American, this National Historic Site...

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.

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Lovely Site, pleasant staff, check tour times!

After looking at several websites, we decided to venture across the Anacostia River to the Frederick Douglas site. It's an easy trip on the "gold" Circulator bus from the Potomac... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

After looking at several websites, we decided to venture across the Anacostia River to the Frederick Douglas site. It's an easy trip on the "gold" Circulator bus from the Potomac Avenue Metro toward Skylands. It's a part of DC that we hadn't been before, through residential areas east of the River. The stop leaves you about 5-6 blocks up a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The place and history of a great man that should not be forgotten. Short film and house tours available.

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Thank Sam A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Reserve your spot online so you don't arrive and only get to see the gift shop! Cedar Hill - Frederick Douglass' house on the hill is worth a visit. The house is left as it was at the time of his death - offering a wonderful historical peak into his daily life. Short video in the center before heading up... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

There are so many museums and historical sites and must-see attractions in Washington D.C. that you have difficulty scheduling enough time to visit all of them. Over a period of years, my wife and I have managed to see most of them. And we always add one or two attractions to our travel itinerary. One must-see site that is overlooked... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

Now, this must be on every African-American Historical Tour itinerary! Something for EVERYONE, not just people of African descent. There were curious tourists from all over the world at this wonderful historical home and museum up on a hill, overlooking D.C.. The narrated history, the home, the artifacts, and the museum AND theatre underneath are all worth more than the... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 of stairs (no joke) but the view from his home is breath taking, you can... More 

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North Ferrisburg, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles 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' home. You can start with a short introductory movie made by the Park Service on... More 

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Lafayette Parish, Louisiana
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 seems dated but still functional. There is a small exhibit area and lots of Park... More 

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