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President Lincoln's Cottage

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Address: 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW and Upshur Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20011-8400
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+1 202-829-0436
10:30 - 16:30
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Mon - Sat 09:30 - 16:30

Known as the "Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation". The...

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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Great Hidden Stop

This site has been on our list for awhile and we finally stopped. Really informative tour in a great setting. Our tour guide was enthusiastic and involved everybody in the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Groton, Connecticut
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It was neat to see the house where Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation and spent much of his time in the summers. However it was very overpriced for a nearly empty house. The tour guide spent way too much time soliciting our feelings and opinions about things--it clearly made most of the people feel uncomfortable, but no one was brave... More 

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Groton, Connecticut
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This site has been on our list for awhile and we finally stopped. Really informative tour in a great setting. Our tour guide was enthusiastic and involved everybody in the discussion. Easy to get there via Uber. I would highly recommend this tour for any history buffs.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My 19-year old son and I visited Lincoln's Cottage and were really glad we went. The tour was so much more than a look at where Lincoln lived during his presidency. The guide encouraged us to think about a wide variety of things, from where we liked to relax and think, to what makes America great and so much more.... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Phoebe was our historian, more than a tour guide, and Lincoln's Cottage is more than a house. Go with an open mind to look into the past. Still relevant topic to remember in our country today. Follow up with One Destiny play at Ford's theatre for a well rounded picture of the great life and tragic death our past president.... More 

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a must see attraction for anyone the slightest bit interested in the history of the Civil War or Abraham Lincoln. The grounds of Lincoln's summer home make an immediate impression and there is a life sized statue of Lincoln and his horse outside the cottage. It is a bit unusual as the cottage is not filled with furniture,... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The tour of President Lincoln's Cottage provides an important and unique perspective into the challenges that faced the 16th President during the Civil War. A ~$15 Uber from downtown DC is the easiest was to get to the site. Lincoln spent his summers commuting from the cottage to the White House. The ability to receive a professional tour in the... More 

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The cottage tour was recommended by a local. I would have had no idea it existed otherwise. The tour was informative and thought provoking. I had no idea what Lincoln must have felt and experienced as a human with the immense pressures of leading a young nation through such a tragic time. Eye opening. The house and grounds are peaceful... More 

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This attraction was eye opening. The summer cottage where Lincoln lived and work was actually a "loan" from Buchanan. The tour is well worth it as you are allowed access into the cottage and can imagine life back in the 1860's. The multi media integration worked well as it brought to life some voices but was not overwhelming. Our guide... More 

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takoma park, md
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

I've lived in/around DC for almost 30 years and had never been here. I stumbled across a Groupon for admission and with family visiting, it seemed like a great way to spend the afternoon. (even without the Groupon, it's not expensive.) We were not disappointed. Our guide (can't recall his name, young African-American guy/grad student) was very knowledgeable and kept... More 

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Reviewed 17 March 2017

Visiting the cottage has been on my wish list for years. I used a Groupon to take some out of town visitors. I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed the display in the visitor center and the tour by Ashley was excellent. I was particularly touched to find that they describe the cottage and center as a "museum of ideas," and... More 

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