Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, Washington DC

The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site preserves and interprets Cedar Hill, where Frederick Douglass lived from 1877 until his death in 1895. Born into slavery, Douglass escaped to spend his life fighting for justice and equality for all people. His tireless struggle, brilliant words, and inclusive vision of humanity continue to inspire and sustain people today.
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  • I myself didn't know much of him, but a visit to this meaningful place taught me how great a figure he is. His powerful remarks are still vivid and relevant today. A ranger in the visitor center helpe...  more »
  • Quite a few bits were repetitive from the short film, displays in the Visitor Center and in the narration by the Park Service guide. Has available parking, is free (parking and tour) but lots of stair...  more »
  • While the site is quite impressive, I cannot say the same about the NPS park staff. As one other reviewer mentioned, it is in a less than wonderful part of the city. We traveled there with family that...  more »
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  • Very cool and little known site in DC, run by the National Park Service. A great step back in time and an opportunity to learn about one of the great African American leaders of the time! A definite must see if you have some time in DC. Easily accessible by metro or a nice walk across the river from downtown!
  • Great tour! I'm from the area but with friends in town I was able to do something I've never done! I would suggest this tour. NOTE: this is hour friendly for those who have trouble walking or standing.
  • This National treasure is a must see if you are in the Washington DC area! The house is 50 feet above street level and the steep climb to the house may be challenging for some. For all physical or mobility concerns, I recommend contacting the Park Staff with your questions.
  • I was disappointed in the way the rangers worked with me and my students. I worked hard to get a plan that would make the visit go smoothly. The rangers ignored it. We ended up with too many people in the house at the same time. Also the tour did not seem focused on the interests of the group. Finally, the video in the visitors center is out dated and not reflective of the site. This is 200th anniversary of Douglass's birth. I am embarrassed that this is the best the Park Service can do.
  • My honey and I had no conception of how close this place was to us, so we were so pleased when we made the trip across town to visit. The tour is absolutely worth your time and contribution. Everyone who works there is knowledgeable and kind as well. I will say that there is a very steep climb to get to the house itself - stairs if you're feeling froggy and a winding path if you aren't. Bring good shoes! And a camera, because the views are absolutely breath taking.
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