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President Lincoln's Cottage, Washington DC

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Historic Site · Hidden Gem · History Museum
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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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  • This history buff was looking forward to visiting President Lincoln's Cottage. However, visitors should be aware that it's essentially an empty building -- no furniture or home decor. I think it... 
    This history buff was looking forward to visiting President Lincoln's Cottage. However, visitors should be aware that it's essentially an empty building -- no furniture or home decor. I think it...  more »
  • This cottage is where President Lincoln came during the summer months of 1862, 1863 and 1864. The cottage is located on the grounds of a veteran’s retirement home. There is a parking lot (which I... 
    This cottage is where President Lincoln came during the summer months of 1862, 1863 and 1864. The cottage is located on the grounds of a veteran’s retirement home. There is a parking lot (which I...  more »
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  • President Lincoln’s Cottage is a beautiful historic site, a must see! You can feel the soul of Lincoln in this home, its like going back in time and walking in the very private place where Mr.Lincoln often spend some of his most wonderful and difficult times in his life. Beautiful place!
  • Part of this may be my fault, part of it may not be my fault. In the end, we showed up not realizing we had to be part of the tour. We showed up, we were greeted by security and told they had a large school group coming in. To me, that meant nothing, so we hurried inside, went to the registration area, and we were told that we couldn't go inside of the Cottage because school tour was starting in 15-minutes. I asked about doing a self-guided tour, as I would have been out of there and I was told that was not offered, but I could look at a few of the rooms within the Visitor Center. Overall, the grounds are nice, I think communication is horrible. If you are going make sure you can actually be part of a tour before you waste the time going there.

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