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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 2 weeks ago

We were near so visited here and were blown away. We had no idea of the history. This was the Lincoln summer home for three of the years he was in DC and he last visited the day before assassinated. There are a lot or...More

2  Thank Douglas T
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My visit was on Sunday of Memorial weekend. We got there early enough to look in the visitors center prior to our tour. I found the information interesting and helpful. Our tour started with each group given a white board to write something down that...More

5  Thank twenndt
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is far from the National Mall, but it is something every history lover should visit. It tells the stories of Lincoln that is seldom heard anywhere else. The tour guide was an amazing and fun lady named Diana who made the visit fun. Please...More

1  Thank JohnBCowgill
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Reviewed 14 May 2018

Great cities have major and often crowded tourist attractions. And thankfully, a hidden gem or two. The Lincoln Summer Cottage is that gem. My wife and I are knowledgeable, curious and needed a relaxed activity on Mother’s Day. Friends had urged us to visit the...More

1  Thank Michael S
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Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile

This place is amazing! Most folks familiar with the Capital that I know had not heard of Lincoln’s Cottage. It is so worth the extra Metro transfers to get here. Our guide, Melyssa, provided a captivating narrative on this tour. Brought history to life. HIGHLY...More

Thank Michael R
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Reviewed 26 April 2018

This felt like discovering a whole other part of DC. It is off the beaten path so it felt intimate - very unusual for a place with so much historical significance in DC. Our tour guide was fantastic, which made the experience outstanding. Highly recommend.

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Reviewed 20 April 2018

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.

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Reviewed 17 April 2018 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 11 April 2018 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

1  Thank Richard K
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Reviewed 22 March 2018

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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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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