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Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

1411 W Street, S.E., Washington DC, DC 20020-4813
+1 202-426-5961
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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.
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1411 W Street, S.E., Washington DC, DC 20020-4813
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While the site is quite impressive, I cannot say the same about the NPS park staff. As one other reviewer mentioned, it is in a less than wonderful part of the city. We traveled there with family that were from the area and knew enough...More

Thank Sarah C
Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

Very inspiring story, recommended for all races. Our tour guide (John) was very passionate and informative. Great experience

Thank Danielle J
Reviewed 21 October 2017

Worth a visit if you are in the area, but I wouldn't go out of my way. It is in a 'sketchy' area. I would not take public transport to it. There is free parking next to the Visitor Center if you drive. The house...More

Thank 523SM523
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Everything is well preserved in the home of one America's finest. Original beds, books, glasses, paintings, etc all for viewing.

Thank disney23mickey
Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

Well interpreted by the adjacent visitors center and guided tour of the home. Home is well preserved and decor matches the era with some original pictures and furniture. Small parking lot attached. Reservations are required at a minimum cost, as the tours fill up especially...More

Thank Leanne S
Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

Frederick Douglass is a true American icon that everyone should know about. A tour at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site gives visitors an opportunity not only to learn about him but to also have a glimpse of what life what life was like in...More

Thank Chicag0kid
Reviewed 25 August 2017 via mobile

Very nice visitor site and good view from his hilltop house. But we took the bus and regretted it. This is a tough neighborhood and the bus drops you off too many blocks away. We liked the site itself though and bought his autobiography in...More

Thank aLakeEffect
Reviewed 16 August 2017

Decided to come here on a whim, so did not do our due diligence. We were able to tour the grounds & see the film & visitors center but we had a scheduled tour for the Lincoln Cottage so could not fit in the house...More

Thank Kitsaattheshore
Reviewed 12 August 2017

Not the easiest place to get to on public transportation but people were very helpful when we arrived at Anacostia Bus terminal via metro. Bus driver helped with drop-off and since house is at top of hill, anyone with mobility issues may want to plan...More

Thank RoseBowlTraveler
Reviewed 4 August 2017

Visiting here is a great place to learn about Douglass, efforts to end slavery, aspects of the Civil War, black American experience in DC, modern Anacostia. It is worth the effort to find this pace which offers tours of the house - 10 people at...More

Thank Janet L
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Rachel T
5 June 2015|
Response from Cdnew1980 |
Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery in Maryland and rose to become a national leader of the abolitionist movement. He was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman.
Rachel T
3 June 2015|
Response from Timothy R | Reviewed this property |
The memorial is based in the house Mr. Douglass bought when he was working in DC, so is there because of the house.