President Lincoln's Cottage, Washington DC

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
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Immerse yourself in American history at President Lincoln's Cottage, where Abraham Lincoln lived with his family at the height of the Civil War and where he drafted the Emancipation Proclamation. Admission is by guided tour only and includes five rooms of the Gothic revival-style building. The cottage itself is sparsely furnished, but information provided by docents about Lincoln's ideas, presidency, and private life makes it easy to imagine the iconic leader in these surroundings. Historical prints, photographs, and artifacts help to fill in the blanks. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended, especially if you plan to visit on a weekend. Photography is not permitted inside the cottage or visitor center. To visit President Lincoln's Cottage on your holiday in Washington DC, and find out what else Washington DC has to offer, use our Washington DC.
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  • This is a piece of history that is often overlooked. You should make the effort to visit this out of the way gem while in DC. The tour is in depth and entertaining. I was annoyed that the private... 
    This is a piece of history that is often overlooked. You should make the effort to visit this out of the way gem while in DC. The tour is in depth and entertaining. I was annoyed that the private...  more »
  • I thought I had seen everything worth seeing in Washington, DC. I was wrong. I visited Lincoln’s Cottage while chaperoning a week long field trip to DC with a bunch of 13 year olds. Our tour guide... 
    I thought I had seen everything worth seeing in Washington, DC. I was wrong. I visited Lincoln’s Cottage while chaperoning a week long field trip to DC with a bunch of 13 year olds. Our tour guide...  more »
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  • It wasn't the easiest place to find but when I found it I discovered a place that gives a fantastic glimpse into the life of President Abraham Lincoln in Washington. The "Cottage" is an original structure with lots of presidential history, Lincoln wasn't the only president to enjoy the tranquility of place. There was an excellent exhibit about Mary Lincoln and grief. The staff is outstanding; our guide, Johnny, gave a great interpretation of what Lincoln's life was like at the Soldier's Home. 5 stars!
  • President Lincoln's cottage was no doubt the most educational historic visit I have made. The staff here we're outstanding. I doubt if you can find a better experience of former President Abraham Lincoln then what you will find here at President Lincoln's cottage. The tour is based on second and third-hand accounts people's interactions with the president. Therefore what you are hearing is not what some historian assume but rather the words of those who experienced the words and the emotions of one of our greatest presidents. I recommend that if you're in DC head north President Lincoln's cottage and experience it for yourself. The store has a price unlike other areas in DC but the money is worth it as the secondary mission of President Lincoln's cottage is to educate and help to fight modern day slavery.

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