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Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

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Address: 1411 W Street, S.E., Washington DC, DC 20020-4813
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Honoring the most famous African-American, this National Historic Site...

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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Living history ... come and see for yourself!

Fantastic historical treasure from an important member of our collective history. The museum is best reached by car- although there are shuttles from the metro and to/from... read more

Reviewed 27 June 2016
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 27 June 2016

Fantastic historical treasure from an important member of our collective history. The museum is best reached by car- although there are shuttles from the metro and to/from other museums. Make a reservation in advance (free) so that you can tour the house as only 15-30 people are allowed at a time to go visit. I enjoyed walking the grounds, imagining... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2016

You will learn so much about Mr. Douglass’ life and his place in history at this National Historic Site. His family was determined that this house was to be preserved exactly as it is since they recognized its importance, and that makes for such an unusual visit. All the public rooms, bed rooms, and family rooms are kept just as... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2016

This was the highlight of our short week-long DC tour. The house is very well preserved and we could tell the NPS does its best to keep it up. One note, the visitors center restrooms were out of order. The NPS needs to address this issue.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 June 2016

I took a tour of the Frederick Douglass historic site and it was interesting and educational. I learned a lot. There was a gift shop there, too.

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Hollister, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2016

I was familiar with his writings but enjoyed seeing more about what he thought about (his library, his choice of photos and paintings) and how he lived. Fascinating house and what hard work Mrs. Douglass had (washboard, wringer and 5 kids), wood stove etc.

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Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 May 2016

It was fascinating to visit his house and to see this great man's belongings. You felt as if you were intruding into his life. But then you also learned a lot of how he lived. A well done exhibit.

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Manassas, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2016

I did not know a whole lot about Frederick Douglas before I visited his home. With that said, I enjoyed the short tour of this historic site very much. It was definitely more interesting than staying at home and watching a documentary about his life. The tour guide was knowledgeable and professional. I was with a small group so we... More 

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St. Augustine, Florida
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Reviewed 27 April 2016

I've been reading on Douglass the last few months and took advantage of an opportunity to visit his home outside of Washington DC. The rangers on site were wonderful and answered all my questions. And I had a lot of questions. The tour will cover the first and second floors and you will see just how Mr. Douglass lived over... More 

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Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
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Reviewed 3 April 2016

Visitor center with house tour. Call to make house tour reservations as they only do small (12 or less) in a group at a time. The guided tour and the visitors center complement each other nicely. Almost an hour for the house tour and the introductory video at the visitor center highlights Frederick Douglass' life experiences. The home and property... More 

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chicago
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Reviewed 4 March 2016

Take time to watch the movie and read all the info in the visitors center. it brings you up to speed on the life and times of an amazing American who had an indelible effect on the entire abolition movement. We were off on our timing and missed the house tour- will allow for that next time.

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