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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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An interesting look into his life!

It was fascinating to visit his house and to see this great man's belongings. You felt as if you were intruding into his life. But then you also learned a lot of how he lived... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 30 May 2016
Charmaine J
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Maryland
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Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

It was fascinating to visit his house and to see this great man's belongings. You felt as if you were intruding into his life. But then you also learned a lot of how he lived. A well done exhibit.

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Manassas, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

I did not know a whole lot about Frederick Douglas before I visited his home. With that said, I enjoyed the short tour of this historic site very much. It was definitely more interesting than staying at home and watching a documentary about his life. The tour guide was knowledgeable and professional. I was with a small group so we... More 

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St. Augustine, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

I've been reading on Douglass the last few months and took advantage of an opportunity to visit his home outside of Washington DC. The rangers on site were wonderful and answered all my questions. And I had a lot of questions. The tour will cover the first and second floors and you will see just how Mr. Douglass lived over... More 

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Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2016

Visitor center with house tour. Call to make house tour reservations as they only do small (12 or less) in a group at a time. The guided tour and the visitors center complement each other nicely. Almost an hour for the house tour and the introductory video at the visitor center highlights Frederick Douglass' life experiences. The home and property... More 

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chicago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 March 2016

Take time to watch the movie and read all the info in the visitors center. it brings you up to speed on the life and times of an amazing American who had an indelible effect on the entire abolition movement. We were off on our timing and missed the house tour- will allow for that next time.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2016

This is an excellent museum away from the normal Washington, DC tourist sites. The National Park Service Rangers do an excellent job providing information on a great American: Frederick Douglass. The facility has both a visitor center and a museum. Advice: call ahead and/or book tickets in advance as only so many people are able to tour the home at... More 

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Delray Beach, FL, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2016

Google's Homepage is featuring Frederick Douglass on this first day of February 2016 Black History Month. That prompted my memory of finally getting to visit the Washington, DC home of Frederick Douglass while attending the 1st inauguration for President Barack Obama in January, 2009. (Forced to choose March, 2015). I was thrilled beyond belief. Frederick Douglass is one of the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2015

Shame on us. We've lived in DC 10 years, and had not visited Frederick Douglass' home before Christmas Eve day last week. I offer this review as a plea to those visiting DC not to make the same mistake. For most visitors, this will be a drive a bit out of your way, but it will be well worth your... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2015

Going back to this historic site after so many years was phenomenal!! I had visited several years ago with my Mom and nephew when he was 10. He will be 21 next year. This time, I took my brother (49), Stepmom (74) and a 92 .year old who all loved it. This house sits on top of a hill where... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2015

After numerous visits to DC for both business and pleasure- it bothered me that I had never been to this house. I am a big admirer of Douglass's writing and life work. A local friend drove us here, it is accessible by public transit but she advised me that that would be a bit sketchy. In summer you can get... More 

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