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Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

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Address: 1411 W Street, S.E., Washington DC, DC 20020-4813
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Honoring the most famous African-American, this National Historic Site...

Honoring the most famous African-American, this National Historic Site consists of Douglass' home and a visitor center and is dedicated to preserving his legacy of work on behalf of African Americans.

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We learned a great deal about Fredrick Douglas visiting his home. The house is very well preserved. We were tickled to know that Mr. Douglass live such a rich life in a time when... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
CruisinNana2015
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Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We learned a great deal about Fredrick Douglas visiting his home. The house is very well preserved. We were tickled to know that Mr. Douglass live such a rich life in a time when people of color dent have those privileges.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I visited the Douglass Monument last weekend. We were lucky in getting two slots on one of the house tours, as they can be hard to come by on weekend days. The NPS ranger and intern who conducted the tour were engaging and informative, and the tour plus the display in the visitor center gave us a... More 

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Alexandria, VA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

God put us at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site on a slow tourism day when we were able to get into the tour without advance tickets. The tour is inspiring! Don't go unless you can do the tour. It lasts about 1 hour and involves stairs (a lot of stairs). Some other tips: -Drive or take a taxi unless... More 

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Thank Acts17_24-27
Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

After looking at several websites, we decided to venture across the Anacostia River to the Frederick Douglas site. It's an easy trip on the "gold" Circulator bus from the Potomac Avenue Metro toward Skylands. It's a part of DC that we hadn't been before, through residential areas east of the River. The stop leaves you about 5-6 blocks up a... More 

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Thank RichardinOhio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

The place and history of a great man that should not be forgotten. Short film and house tours available.

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Thank Sam A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017

Reserve your spot online so you don't arrive and only get to see the gift shop! Cedar Hill - Frederick Douglass' house on the hill is worth a visit. The house is left as it was at the time of his death - offering a wonderful historical peak into his daily life. Short video in the center before heading up... More 

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Thank Fran M
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

There are so many museums and historical sites and must-see attractions in Washington D.C. that you have difficulty scheduling enough time to visit all of them. Over a period of years, my wife and I have managed to see most of them. And we always add one or two attractions to our travel itinerary. One must-see site that is overlooked... More 

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Thank Taylor B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

Now, this must be on every African-American Historical Tour itinerary! Something for EVERYONE, not just people of African descent. There were curious tourists from all over the world at this wonderful historical home and museum up on a hill, overlooking D.C.. The narrated history, the home, the artifacts, and the museum AND theatre underneath are all worth more than the... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

We first began the tour inside of the center at the bottom of the hill where there was a store to buy items and then we were directed to walk up the hill to Fredrick Douglass' home to start the tour. There are A LOT of stairs (no joke) but the view from his home is breath taking, you can... More 

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North Ferrisburg, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

It started with a 20 movie describing Frederick Douglas' life: dramatization; lots of quotes and interesting information in the lobby; be sure to sign up for a tour which we unfortunately missed.

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