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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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+1 202-426-5961
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09:00 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:30
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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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Home and history of a legendary American statesman

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... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
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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Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles 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" southeast of Washington, D.C. The site includes a small museum and an outstanding video about... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 through the house as part of a ticketed tour. It is a gem visited by... More 

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Orange City, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 a.m., I was invited to wander the grounds and take in the site. Douglas was... More 

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