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Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

1411 W Street, S.E., Washington DC, DC 20020-4813
+1 202-426-5961
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Out of the way but defeinitely worth it

This is a little tricky to get to but very walkable from Anacostia station and in summer (in the... read more

Reviewed 22 September 2016
mark f
Dublin, Ireland
Out of the way, but interesting

I was the lone person turning the site at 9 a.m. on Friday. This is a little out of the way, but... read more

Reviewed 19 September 2016
Cheryl B
Orange City, Iowa
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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.
  • Excellent71%
  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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1411 W Street, S.E., Washington DC, DC 20020-4813
+1 202-426-5961
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Reviewed 22 September 2016

This is a little tricky to get to but very walkable from Anacostia station and in summer (in the past) there has been a free bus which goes from museums on the Mall to the house. It is an interesting site and you are taken...More

Thank mark f
Reviewed 19 September 2016

I was the lone person turning the site at 9 a.m. on Friday. This is a little out of the way, but public transit put me close to the entrance. I as a bit early and when they opened the gates a little before 9...More

Thank Cheryl B
Reviewed 14 September 2016

Absolutely wonderful. The guide knew so much about his home and life and was able to answer our questions. I learned a lot of new things about him that I never would have imagined. One word of caution, if you can't walk up lots of...More

Thank nana0172209
Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

We were able to walk around the outside and go inside the visitors center. We did not reserve tickets so we couldn't go inside the actual home...which was strange bc there was literally no one there but apparently the free tickets for the day were...More

Thank Sarah W
Reviewed 1 September 2016

On our summer road trip to Washington DC this summer, we decided to take the kids to see Frederick Douglass's home. My son, age 10, was so excited because he had written a paper about Mr. Douglass. We drive to the home, 1 hour away...More

1  Thank doc9801
Reviewed 24 August 2016

A fascinating small group tour of the home of Frederick Douglass, a truly great figure of American history. I read his autobiography before we visited, which made the house even more special. His story seems to have become sidelined in history...it deserves a prominent place...More

Thank ggvghk
Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

I would highly recommend this museum to everyone! It's not near the big museums on the National Mall, but it's worth the trip. Had an amazing guide who brought Frederick Douglass to life and highlighted his contributions and humanity as displayed through his home. You...More

Thank Ife S
Reviewed 18 August 2016

Go to the visitor center first for a brief video introduction of the man. Take the free house tour conducted by NPS volunteer guides. Our guide was full of interesting tidbits about Mr. Douglass and his life in Washington. He was quite an influential man...More

Thank Pam M
Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

Because I teach the works of Douglass, I made sure to visit his home during my recent trip to D.C. The home was impressive. The guide, Christopher, said that 70% of the furnishings in the house were original pieces. The Welcome Center video was good,...More

Thank Mollie W
Reviewed 3 August 2016

Frederick Douglass' home is absolutely beautiful. The conservationists did such a wonderful job of preserving it to keep it authentic. It is technically free, but you can reserve a 'free' ticket online for $1.50 - which is suggested. It is accessible by bus (the bus...More

2  Thank Nica S
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Rachel T
Why was this memorial created?
4 June 2015|
Response from Cdnew1980 |
Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery in Maryland and rose to become a national leader of the abolitionist movement. He was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman.
Rachel T
Who created this memorial and why? Is there a significance to this location on why the house is built here?
2 June 2015|
Response from Timothy R | Reviewed this property |
The memorial is based in the house Mr. Douglass bought when he was working in DC, so is there because of the house.