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President Lincoln's Cottage

140 Rock Creek Church Road NW and Upshur Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20011-8400
+1 202-829-0436
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Known as the "Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation". The Cottage is where Lincoln lived with his family at the height of the Civil War. The Cottage is located on a picturesque hilltop in Northwest Washington, DC. Opened to the public for the first time in 2008 after being restored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Cottage is the only designated National Monument in DC and the only National Monument in the country that is operated by a non-profit. Guided tours of the Cottage focus on Lincoln's ideas and offer visitors an intimate view of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and private life. Visitors are also invited to browse exhibits in the adjacent Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center. Tickets are required for entry to the Cottage, and advanced ticket purchase is strongly recommended. Weekend tours often sell out completely.
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140 Rock Creek Church Road NW and Upshur Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20011-8400
+1 202-829-0436
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Reviewed yesterday

Was one of the best tours. The young lady who gave us the tour was wonderful. The house itself is sparse, but the history in it lives on with the guide. We entered each room filled with history and basked in the glory of what...More

Thank SingerTrainer
Reviewed 3 days ago

We often travel to the Washington, DC area to visit family and friends and it is always nice to find an attraction we have not yet toured. We took a group of eight to the Lincoln Cottage on a Saturday morning and learned much about...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You need to get ticket in advance. There is a limit of 20 people on the tour. This is not your regular tour of a historical site. There is plenty of information that is shared. But you become part of the tour. The first thing...More

1  Thank jasindc
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm a big history fan so I really enjoyed this place. The guides are extremely knowledgeable and shared so much good information about Lincoln. However, I do have to point out that this attraction won't be for everyone. You can't take pictures inside and...in fact...there...More

Thank H6551XMsharon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A lesser known DC gem! Takes a bit of persistence to get there (one mile walk from nearest metro), but wow, this was a well done fascinating tour! Kudos to our very smart tour guide, BRittany, who started us out with the casual observation that...More

Thank rabus
Reviewed 9 May 2017

Having read Jennifer Chiaverini’s historical novels on Mrs. Grant and Mrs. Lincoln I was delighted to be going on a bus trip to DC. I was thrilled to learn that one stop would be the Lincoln Cottage, for it is mentioned throughout the novel about...More

1  Thank auntjj_12
Reviewed 4 May 2017

This is well worth a visit to see where Pres. Lincoln spent time when not at the White House. It is located in a beautiful spot. The cottage is actually a large, lovely house which is very interesting to tour. The interpretation approach of mostly...More

Thank historylover3
Reviewed 26 April 2017

It was neat to see the house where Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation and spent much of his time in the summers. However it was very overpriced for a nearly empty house. The tour guide spent way too much time soliciting our feelings and opinions...More

Thank WearyTraveler2007
Reviewed 23 April 2017

This site has been on our list for awhile and we finally stopped. Really informative tour in a great setting. Our tour guide was enthusiastic and involved everybody in the discussion. Easy to get there via Uber. I would highly recommend this tour for any...More

Thank tchoiniere
Reviewed 17 April 2017

My 19-year old son and I visited Lincoln's Cottage and were really glad we went. The tour was so much more than a look at where Lincoln lived during his presidency. The guide encouraged us to think about a wide variety of things, from where...More

Thank Mel_Who_Sings
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How long should you plan on spending at the Cottage?
7 April 2017|
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Response from SuzeePee | Reviewed this property |
To see the house, you have to be on a tour, which takes about an hour (although with questions, can run a bit longer). The visitor's center has a few small exhibits and a gift shop. Two hours will do it. It's a fantastic... More
Is this site accessible for an older person who cannot walk long distances? Is there a place to drop someone off near the cottage, or must she walk from the parking lot? Thanks.
19 October 2016|
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Response from mojoWashingtonDC | Reviewed this property |
The parking lot is very close to the Visitors Center, where you are required to start. Then you must cross the street and walk a short distance to see the cottage. You do have to walk up one flight of stairs inside; if that... More
Do you need to get tickets?
26 December 2015|
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Response from dcr1837 | Reviewed this property |
Yes: you can buy ahead - and pay a service fee for the convenience; or you can buy them onsite.