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“Fantastic View”

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
Ranked #81 of 428 things to do in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Pasco, Washington
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90 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Fantastic View”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2013

This is free!

The house sits up on a hill with a fantastic view of the city. The tour is very informational and takes you through the entire downstairs and up to the bedrooms.

There is free parking at the bottom of the property and you then walk up the drive to the house for the tour.

There is no fee for the tour but it is limited to 15 guests per tour. So get there a bit ahead to get tickets and then stroll the grounds first while you wait.

Visited July 2013
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Deerfield Beach, Florida
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87 reviews
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“Extremely Favorable Review of Frederick Douglass National Historic Site”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2013

My Friend and I had already seen many of the D.C. Venues located in North West D.C. We had not been to this Property located in Cedar Hill. I must say that with your own vehicle--which we had, getting to the Mansion is not a challenge--particularly from the standpoint of the Local Hotel that we started.

Upon arrival, the short narrative Film was both informative and moving regarding Mr. Douglass. Our Guide, a Park Ranger, continued to go out of her way to mention many things--both specific and general about the life of Frederick Douglass that offered a sense of animation that many Public Venues in the D.C. Area lack--not because of a lack of personnel, but personnel not of the same quality.

The Home itself is quite well-preserved with a surprising quantity of original furnishings--including furniture of the period. This Tour will not exhaust either a person under 10 or a person that might be a Seasoned Citizen. I would strongly recommend this Venue to people of all Ages. Many Tour Groups from other Countries would do well to include this on their Group Itinerary as it helps explain the power and quality of the Diversity of the true American Heritage that is whispered at the Jefferson Memorial for example.

Visited May 2013
2 Thank Gary J
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Shepherdstown, West Virginia
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“See Frederick Douglass' Original artifacts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2013

Cedar Hill, Mr. Douglass' stately home set on top of a hill in Anacostia, south east Washington DC, is not that easy to get to via public transportation but is well worth the visit. The home is very well preserved with many original furnishings and artifacts, such as Mr. Douglas' hat, walking sticks, and glasses. The friendly and informative guide told us that his second wife carefully preserved these items as well as the home as a memorial to him and his work. Sadly, at that time in US history, statues and grand marble edifices were not created for African Americans. All the rooms, including the kitchen and washing rooms are furnished much as they were when the Douglas' lived there. Indeed it felt as if Mr. Douglas or a grandchild had just walked out for a moment and would return momentarily. The movie (shown in the visitor center just before the tour) is rather old but informative and interesting.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank KateBD
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Redondo Beach, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Amazing and Off The Beaten Path”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2013 via mobile

Cedar Hill is worth the time and effort & highly recommended. The short film was informative, the ranger who conducted the tour was knowledgable, and the view from Cedar Hill was amazing. The home is furnished with over 70% of original artifacts and furniture. I was truly overwhelmed. Plan an hour for your visit.

Visited May 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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“An incredible home steeped in history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2013

The Frederick Douglas House occupies a beautiful spot atop Cedar Hill in the Anacostia neighborhood south of downtown D.C. The massive home - it has around 22 rooms and sits on 11 acres of land - is immaculately preserved and contains almost all original furnishings and artwork from when Frederick Douglass lived in the property from 1877 to 1895. It offers a great view into downtown Washington.

There is a small exhibit (rather disappointing) on Frederick Douglass' life in the visitor's center and you can only visit the house on a guided tour. Make sure to find out when the tours are before making the trek to the property - you don't want to waste any time.

Speaking of getting to the property, my advice is to either drive or take a cab. I took the Metro and the long walk from the Anacostia station goes through a tough neighborhood particularly along Martin Luther King Avenue. Many would be uncomfortable making the walk!

Visited May 2013
3 Thank John B
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