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President Lincoln's Cottage

140 Rock Creek Church Road NW and Upshur Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20011-8400
+1 202-829-0436
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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.
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140 Rock Creek Church Road NW and Upshur Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20011-8400
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Of course being a huge Abraham Lincoln fan we loved this. The tour guides are excellent and really know their stuff. We definitely would recommend.

Thank Neils17
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This tour offers about 2 houra of interesting political messaging and dialogue. The pop quiz style of guided tour may go over well with larger groups of mixed ages, but can feel a little forced with smaller groups and introverts. The tour offers a unique...More

Thank Fata K
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This has always been on my bucket list - to see the place where A. Lincoln spent a lot of his time outside of the White House. I was surprised that the house wasn’t furnished, as many of other historic homes are, but that actually...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Mom and I went here on a Wednesday afternoon in DC. Location is good if you have a car - they have parking, but not metro accessible. Gift shop is cute, staff is really nice. Our tour guide (I believe his name was Kevin) was...More

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

This was an extremely moving & though-provoking tour! As stated by our superb guide, Ashlee, this is not your usual historic house tour...this is a house of ideas. Visitors are asked -- but not pressured -- to engage in conversations & discussions, & sometimes simply...More

Thank LyndaMW
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Reviewed 10 March 2018

Escaping the heat and disease of Civil War Washington, President Lincoln spent 3 summers here in the large (34 room) "cottage" in the hills overlooking the city. The building isn't heavily decorated with furniture and artifacts. but the tour focuses on Lincoln's thoughts and ideas,...More

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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

This was such a great tour. We had a very fun. Tour guide was amazing and it was so interesting to see the house

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Reviewed 21 February 2018

Great place to visit for a few hours and it is truly a hidden gem in the busy city. The house with so much history can be fascinating to anyone. The guided tour was informational. We only waited for about an hour to get on...More

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Reviewed 20 February 2018 via mobile

Taylor, our tour guide, was amazing. She was an enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide... she made as feel as if she personally knew Lincoln. Our group throughly enjoyed the tour and are so glad we visited Lincoln’s Cottage! Bravo Taylor!!

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Reviewed 17 February 2018 via mobile

We had advanced reservations and got there just in time to sign in and begin an intimate guided tour with only a few other people in our group. Our guide was an enthusiastic graduate student of history who did her best to communicate to us...More

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apatriot73
25 February 2018|
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Response from 86MissyJ | Reviewed this property |
You can see the house from the gate. Not sure if you can pass through after hours.
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RobynD804
7 April 2017|
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Response from Susan P | Reviewed this property |
To see the house, you have to be on a tour, which takes about an hour (although with questions, can run a bit longer). The visitor's center has a few small exhibits and a gift shop. Two hours will do it. It's a fantastic... More
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LoyalCubsFan
19 October 2016|
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Response from Maura K | Reviewed this property |
The parking lot is very close to the Visitors Center, where you are required to start. Then you must cross the street and walk a short distance to see the cottage. You do have to walk up one flight of stairs inside; if that... More
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