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President Lincoln's Cottage

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

This place is absolutely amazing and I just felt so at home and welcome here while in the tour. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. The different things you learn in the tour and in the museum are very cool. The architecture and...More

Thank muleyfever
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I just moved to DC and had no idea about Lincoln’s Cottage until we had visitors who wanted to tour. Although it rained that day we had an amazing tour guide and learned so much about President Lincoln and his cottage home. The grounds were...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a packed 4 days in DC trying to take in as much as we could. Since most the tours are free, I was a little hesitant about spending the money for our family of 5 on this but am SO thankful we did....More

Thank Marci F
Reviewed 1 week ago

Highly recommend. It's difficult to get to and more expensive (than free) than other DC museums, but well worth the time and expense (kids are $5). Our guide, Kevin, was great. Outstanding, in fact, with a mix of humor and passion for the subject. He...More

Thank Jim c
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a place I have wanted to see and finally got the opportunity. Lincoln spent a great deal of time here during the Civil War and particularly after the death of his son, Willy. The home is about three miles north of the White...More

Thank NWRob
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tour guide was very knowledgeable about Lincoln & his family & history. My husband is a real history buff & found it incredible ~ learned many new facts. We found it very enjoyable. We'd been trying to get there for years, every time we've...More

Thank New2Sunshine
Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

I visited today w my nephew. I assumed once inside I would see furniture , artwork and some personal items of Lincoln but there was just an empty shell . Floors are not original, no furniture , no artwork, fireplace closed off, elevator in back...More

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Reviewed 22 September 2018

I enjoyed the cottage, the statue of Lincoln and his horse, and the tour. There is also a very nice bookstore on the grounds. Lincoln’s Cottage was opened to the public in 2008. It’s worthwhile especially for Lincoln fans and history buffs. The Lincolns spent...More

Thank RB1021
Reviewed 21 September 2018 via mobile

Our tour guide was more suited to be talking to 5th graders, asking us to provide answers. She talked with annoying vocal fry, valley girl cadence and inappropriate giggling. She did provide some information on Lincoln during the years he stayed at the cottage but...More

Thank Lynn W
Reviewed 11 September 2018

The "cottage" is actually a roomy 2-story house, where President Lincoln lived during the summer and commuted to the White House for work. It's got a few period furniture pieces, but is mostly empty. May only be visited while on a tour. Rather expensive ($15...More

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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.
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
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