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“Interpreted poorly. Which is a shame b/c the building is empty.”

President Lincoln's Cottage
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Owner description: 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 first time in 2008 after being restored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Cottage is the only designated National Monument in DC and the only National Monument in the country that is operated by a non-profit. Guided tours of the Cottage focus on Lincoln's ideas and offer visitors an intimate view of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and private life. Visitors are also invited to browse exhibits in the adjacent Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center. Tickets are required for entry to the Cottage, and advanced ticket purchase is strongly recommended. Weekend tours often sell out completely.
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Interpreted poorly. Which is a shame b/c the building is empty.”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

"How does this space make you FEEL?" The tour guide loftily asked as she tilted her head back and squinted her eyes at the group. Our hour long tour was filled with awkward invitations to speculate on Lincoln's emotional states during his presidency. The guide added lots of personal commentary and unsubstantiated conjecture about Lincolns' life. It was a highly unusual (and oddly ineffective) interpretation for a historical property.

Nothing about the tour suggested to me that there was any supervised standardization of client experience enforced at the organizational level. It didn't appear that there was a serious commitment to historical rigor and/or that the guide had a responsibility to cover certain material.

It's a shame that the interpretation was a mess because the building itself is empty -- so the guest relies heavily on the guide for the overall experience.

Interpretation aside, the property was lovely. It's worth seeing because of what it is.

Visited June 2014
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Falls Church
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“My grandkids loved this tour! A beautiful place.”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

It is a little difficult to find, make sure to use GPS. Well worth the drive out, it is located in a beautiful location. The guides are knowledgeable and very family friendly. My grandkids had many questions and all questions were answered. I learned many facts about Lincoln, I don't remember learning during my school years. Fantastic place to visit and enjoy!!

Visited June 2014
1 Thank gerberdt
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Brewton, Al
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29 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Interesting stories”
Reviewed 9 June 2014

This has potential, but it's not there yet. You basically visit an empty house. The guide does tell good stories and there are recordings of stories or voices from the past in each room. There is a lot of standing.it was good, but I was a little disappointed. The grounds of the Veteran's home were beautiful. The walk to the subway was through a not so great area.

Visited June 2014
1 Thank Madeline H
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Powder Springs, Georgia
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5 reviews
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“Lincoln's Summer Home”
Reviewed 4 June 2014

Lucky enough to be on site when a tour began. The volunteer had a wealth of information to share based on records retained since the 1860's. Being in the rooms occupied by this great president was a glimpse of history.

Visited June 2014
2 Thank Nanci S
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“Worth in a sunny day”
Reviewed 1 June 2014

You will enjoy Lincoln cottage only if you are interested in 16th President's life.
It's nice walking around and getting a glimpse of the Capitol and Washington Monument down the hill, imaging to be in the middle of the 18th century and not in a Washington suburban area in 2014.
Enthusiastic staff is really a plus.

Visited June 2014
2 Thank Francesco M
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