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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.
Reviewed 2 July 2014

We took the metro. Great and novel presentation. If you're a geek like me, you'll love it. It's relatively new too.

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Reviewed 29 June 2014 via mobile

I was somewhat disappointed on the indoor cottage tour. The house was pretty empty and it sounded like there was an alarm going off inside the house during the tour so it was hard to concentrate on what the guide was saying. It was very distracting. I feel that the tour would have been better if there were furnishings in the house instead of listening to stories. I also wish you could have taken pictures indoors. The grounds are lovely as well as the exterior of the cottage. Great photography shots. Also the cemetery not too far of a walk from the site. Really enjoyed that. The guard at the gate was very nice ad well as gift shop staff. Enjoyed exhibits too.

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Reviewed 27 June 2014

We came in from CA the previous week and had done a city tour, a White House tour, the Library of Congress, a few of the Smithsonians, AND a tour of the Capitol Building. We were a group of five ranging in age from 12 to 63, and we all agreed that this was our most pleasant tour by far. Madeline was knowledgeable and personable. Although the rooms were sparse (anyone giving to this good cause out there???) the live presentation combined with the multi-media was very effective. Thanks again Madeline for a lovely morning.

1  Thank Chris M
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

I loved the grounds, the beautiful old buildings and the view of the Capitol dome. The enormous "cottage" is well-kept, but completely bare of any furnishings that might help one to imagine it as it was when Lincoln lived there. The tour was quite basic and geared toward young children (I felt)--there were many opportunities to delve into the lives of the Lincolns but the guide glossed over them. She did not seem especially knowledgeable.

This national landmark receives no federal funding which is a pity; I'm sure they could do a lot more with proper resources. On the grounds of the Solders' Home, the site is a pleasant 15-minute walk from the Georgia Avenue Metro station and while it has a locked-down military feel, the guard was friendly. It is inexpensive and worthwhile, but temper your expectations.

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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.

5  Thank DCPressurecooker
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