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Washington - President Lincoln’s Cottage

3700 North Capitol Street NW


President Lincoln's Cottage is an historic site and museum located in the Petworth neighborhood in northwest Washington, D.C. President Lincoln's Cottage first opened to the public in February 2008, after an eight-year capital restoration project under the auspices of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is the only place the public can experience the history of Abraham Lincoln's public and private life where he lived and worked for over a quarter of his presidency. While in residence at the Cottage, Lincoln visited with wounded soldiers, spent time with self-emancipated men, women and children, and developed the Emancipation Proclamation. The human cost of the Civil War surrounded him, undoubtedly impacted his thinking, and strengthened his resolve to challenge the status quo. Through innovative guided tours, exhibits and programs, we use Lincoln's example to inspire visitors to take their own path to greatness, and preserve this place as an authentic, tangible connection to the past and a beacon of hope for all who take up Lincoln's unfinished work.


Bring the world to "the cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation," and connect with Lincoln through his untold stories.


Meet the true Lincoln and continue his fight for freedom.


Jabari Clark

Friday, March 16, 2018
Great tour and engaging hosts. Take a journey through time as you stood where Lincoln stood while hosting guests and peer through the window as he did when writing the Emancipation Proclamation. You'll learn quite a bit of history and exchange ideas with other people. Not a lot of walking and suitable for children. Definitely add it your places top visit in DC.

Nick Ellis

Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017
This is truly a piece of American history. This is were Lincoln spent approximately 25% symbol of his time while he was president. Spent a great deal of time here during the summer months. This is where he wrote the main piece of the Emancipation Proclamation. The one hour tour begins with a brief orientation followed by a tour of the actual cottage where Oncoln lived. . It is pretty impressive to walk up the stairs and put your hand on the railing where Lincoln did the exact same thing. If you come here on the metro, it was a very nice .9 miles walk from the closest Metro station, which is on the green/yellow line.

Richard Deward

Friday, Nov. 10, 2017
Lincon was a cool guy. Tour was really good. Wish there was more furniture in the house. Looked a little space in some of the rooms.

Jessica Grannis

Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017
The cottage itself is kind of sparse but the setting and the tour guides do an amazing job of giving you a glimpse of what it was like to be President Lincoln in that terrible time. Our guide was so knowledgeable he was amazing.

Charlotte Hansen

Friday, July 7, 2017
This is a fairly costly tour for what you get, $15 for adults and $5 for children 6+.The inside of Lincoln's Cottage contains no artifacts, has not been remodeled in anyway to match a Civil War era home, and there was no air-conditioning in the house. I'm really not sure where all of the money is going when you pay for tours at Lincoln's Cottage. All that we got was a Civil War lecture from the tour guide. He barely touched on how the Lincoln's lived in the house, and didn't even mention other presidents who also used the home as a summer retreat. Also, the tour we received today was decidedly NOT KID-FRIENDLY. We are a family with 4 children, and the lecturer (not tour-guide, because as I said previously, there was really nothing to see on the tour) did not engage the children in any way. In fact, he impatiently asked us to leave at one point since one of the children started to slightly fuss. If a tour is going to charge money for kids, there needs to be some form of engagement, or children will get restless and disruptive. Cerebral, college-level questions are completely inappropriate for an audience with children.

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