We booked the half hour tour of the Frederick Douglass House in advance and it was well worth it. The area is not one tourists would generally visit but we drove out to it from our hotel in Arlington. We were greeted warmly at the visitor centre and everything we needed to know about the tour was explained. We made our way up the hill to the Cedar Hill house and had a great half hour tour with a Ranger guide - who was both knowledgeable and very amusing. She made a great trip an unforgettable one. Although a relatively short experience we were glad we had bothered to take the time out of our holiday to visit. This was an exceptional tour in the house of an exceptional man and we thoroughly recommend it. The only thing we weren't sure of was the safety of the Anacostia area - we were advised to drive there rather than take the Metro and walk. We remain unsure if this was necessary and can't give any advice on that. Others may be able to.
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