President Lincoln's Cottage, Washington DC

#8 of 54 in Historic Sites in Washington DC
History Museum · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
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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  • nicely restored house, located on the old soldiers home grounds. the house is basically empty, but comes a live with the narration of it's history. don't miss this National Trust property and it's...  more »
  • Over the years, I have seen all of the top sites in the DC area. This was one that I have missed until today. Definitely glad I made the trip. Our guide was very knowledgeable. She asked thought...  more »
  • One historical landmark more DC locals should appreciate and take advantage of is President Lincoln's cottage. I experience nice educational trips for the kids and myself here. There is so much to see of some beautiful DC historical sights that make me proud of being a Washingtonian. They have a really nice gift shop and their staff are extremely friendly and accommodating. A staff member in their gift shop by the name of Lacey was very pleasant and hospitable to me and my family. They have many family oriented events here as well. I look forward to spending more time here throughout the seasons.
  • Guided tour through the mansion is slightly disappointing: half of the tour shares stories from Lincoln's stay in the cottage, but the other half was mostly to interact and ask opinions. It would have been interesting to learn more about actual period informational (was of living for instance). Tour on Sunday morning didn't sell out: can buy on site. Worth arriving at least 30 minutes before tour to read through the galleries. No cafe/bistro on site (a pod cafe machine available only, no sitting area) Large parking lot, free, and kids playground onsite.

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