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President Lincoln's Cottage, Washington DC
(4.3/5 based on 380+ reviews on the web)
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. Put President Lincoln's Cottage into our Washington DC family vacation planner to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Washington DC.
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  • We headed here on our way out of the city. It was a little hard to find, because the signage was not great. Once in, we paid our tickets and went into the little museum before our tour. Definitely spe...  more »
  • We went to visit the Lincoln summer cottage because we were looking for something we have not done in the area, despite having lived nearby for decades, because the site and tour received very good re...  more »
  • 3 1/2 miles from the White House, the 'country home' is surrounded by 200 acres of quiet, trees and birds. It was Lincoln's getaway from the hubbub and demands of the Presidency. Personal insights int...  more »
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  • There is not much to see as none of the original furnishings of Lincolns time are there but the guides do provide good insights to the life of Lincoln. Good if you want the history lesson. Not so good if you want to see a fully restored Cottage. Note you need to go on a tour to visit.
  • A surprising interesting and fun place to learn about Abraham Lincoln, the man. You get an intimate glimpse into the life of our 16th President. My tour was small, informative, and light hearted. A must see for anyone who is a fan of President Abraham Lincoln.
  • Since you can't just stroll into the White House (much like you could in Lincoln's day), the Soldier's Home and cottage is the closest most people get to feeling close to our 16th president. So many important decisions were made here, not least among which was the Emancipation Proclamation, which he drafted here. It's a special place that is definitely worth the entry fee.
  • Outstanding but little-visited site in north DC. Very informative one-hour tour. Make a tour reservation on line. Highly recommended.
  • This was an amazing tour. I loved the personal touch and also the use of technology working together. Brittany gave me my tour and she was outstanding !!! I'm going back to learn even more the second time. 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻