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President Lincoln's Cottage

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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...more
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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 3 days ago

I enjoyed the cottage, the statue of Lincoln and his horse, and the tour. There is also a very nice bookstore on the grounds. Lincoln’s Cottage was opened to the public in 2008. It’s worthwhile especially for Lincoln fans and history buffs. The Lincolns spent...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Our tour guide was more suited to be talking to 5th graders, asking us to provide answers. She talked with annoying vocal fry, valley girl cadence and inappropriate giggling. She did provide some information on Lincoln during the years he stayed at the cottage but...More

Thank Lynn W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The "cottage" is actually a roomy 2-story house, where President Lincoln lived during the summer and commuted to the White House for work. It's got a few period furniture pieces, but is mostly empty. May only be visited while on a tour. Rather expensive ($15...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

During my parents’ recent visit to see me, I decided to take them to the President Lincoln’s Cottage in DC. It wasn’t too difficult to find on the grounds of the Old Soldiers’ Home (must go through security to get on the grounds). We made...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My friend told me about this place and it’s truly an amazing place and is located in the Old Soldier’s Home compound owned by the government. Since it was in the protected Old Soldier’s Home area it is 90% original inside and out. Lincoln spent...More

Thank ephyfe
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A historic place with an innovative tour. The tour guide was excellent and really knew her Civil War history.

Thank Gerald T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The cottage is located on the grounds of the Old Soldier's Home and is some distance from the National Mall. The history of the cottage and its use during the Civil War merits a tour - which will be informative. The cottage is not furnished,...More

Thank 349Charles25
Reviewed 7 July 2018

Interesting visit to Lincoln's summer home, not what I expected as a tour. The rooms are pretty much bare. The tour guide spent way too much time trying to be a history teacher and "engaging the group" with questions then giving us her answers and...More

2  Thank Peggy S
Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

Visitors tend to stick to the Mall when touring DC, don’t—- do yourself a favor and take the Metro (Georgia Avenue and then a 10 minute walk) or Uber to one of the best sites in the city! The Visitor’s Center exhibits are great, but...More

4  Thank Cocomaryland
Reviewed 7 June 2018

We were near so visited here and were blown away. We had no idea of the history. This was the Lincoln summer home for three of the years he was in DC and he last visited the day before assassinated. There are a lot or...More

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25 February 2018|
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Response from 86MissyJ | Reviewed this property |
You can see the house from the gate. Not sure if you can pass through after hours.
7 April 2017|
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Response from Susan P | 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
19 October 2016|
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Response from Maura K | 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