Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, Washington DC

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The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, administered by the National Park Service, is located at 1411 W Street, SE, in Anacostia, a neighborhood east of the Anacostia River in Southeast Washington, D.C. Established in 1988 as a National Historic Site, the site preserves the home and estate of Frederick Douglass, one of the most prominent African Americans of the 19th century. Douglass lived in this house, which he named Cedar Hill, from 1877-1888 until his death in 1895. Perched on a hilltop, the site offers a sweeping view of the U.S. Capitol and the Washington, D.C., skyline.

In 2017 the site was used to represent Washington, D.C., on its America the Beautiful quarter.

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  • I have not been into this location but have been on the grounds several times activating this park for ham radio. I think the most difficult thing for most people might be that it is up on a hill...  more »
  • i lived on 16th & W ST SE all my life as a child i would go to this place every fall to roll down hill with fall leaves  more »
  • What a hidden Gem in DC. I've been to DC at least 10 times before I went here. AMAZING!!! Great, knowledgeably, enthusiastic staff. I'm a 30 year high school US History teacher and I even learned things I did not know that filled in parts of other stories in US history. This is the greatest place that few know about. Beautiful preservation of the legacy of an American hero. Do NOT miss this. Make sure you make reservations because the tour groups are small but you will get amazing attention. Ask questions because the guides know their history and love to answer questions.
  • AMAZING tour. Our guild was very knowledgable and enjoyed what she does. I forgot to get her name but if u go she is a young black lady with dreads. You won't be disappointed.

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