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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
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not what I expected. I’ve toured many historic homes and love learning about the house itself and the stories of people who lived there. Having read a lot about Lincoln and his having spent a lot of time there, I was excited about seeing the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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JenniferP1257, Public Relations Manager at President Lincoln's Cottage, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi! It's my understanding that your experience at President Lincoln's Cottage was unsatisfying--we're sorry about that. Not only do we work diligently to provide excellent customer service and historical knowledge, but we take visitor comments seriously. Do you mind clarifying when you visited us so...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to the site hoping to see a historic house. The house has been turned into a backdrop for an audiovisual tour that is trying to take Lincoln "off his pedestal". I'm all for looking at the multifaceted characters of historic figures, but preferably...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I did a lot of research before a family reunion in DC, and never came across the Lincoln cottage. My brother found it, and I'll always be grateful: this is a beautiful house, masterfully presented in the context of Lincoln's life, and in the ongoing...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a lovely area which requires reservation to ID to enter. Our tour guide Diana was very well informed. The tour is about 45 min. We reserved in advance. We entered with an id check and there is parking onsite. The visitor center is...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 24 November 2018

What a marvelous surprise! We didn't really know what to expect when visiting this historic home. I generally enjoy this type of thing, but my fifteen-year-old daughter does not. However, Asia, our fabulous tour guide, was extremely well-informed, encouraged interesting conversation between visitors, kept us...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 13 November 2018 via mobile

This place is absolutely amazing and I just felt so at home and welcome here while in the tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. The different things you learn in the tour and in the museum are very cool. The architecture and...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 7 November 2018 via mobile

I just moved to DC and had no idea about Lincoln’s Cottage until we had visitors who wanted to tour. Although it rained that day we had an amazing tour guide and learned so much about President Lincoln and his cottage home. The grounds were...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Reviewed 6 November 2018

We had a packed 4 days in DC trying to take in as much as we could. Since most the tours are free, I was a little hesitant about spending the money for our family of 5 on this but am SO thankful we did....More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 5 November 2018

Highly recommend. It's difficult to get to and more expensive (than free) than other DC museums, but well worth the time and expense (kids are $5). Our guide, Kevin, was great. Outstanding, in fact, with a mix of humor and passion for the subject. He...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

This is a place I have wanted to see and finally got the opportunity. Lincoln spent a great deal of time here during the Civil War and particularly after the death of his son, Willy. The home is about three miles north of the White...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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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