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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.


Carl Nelson

Wednesday, May 2, 2018
President Lincoln's cottage is one of the most amazing and overlooked historical sites on the Eastern seaboard. If you have the time to take one of the guided tours of the cottage and surrounding grounds then you will have a truly and lightning and thoughtful day. The cottage also has a gift shop that is humanely sourced and is staffed by some of the most wonderful and kind people I have ever met.

Cody Hartley

Thursday, June 28, 2018
I actually wasn’t that impressed by be cottage. It’s very under furnished and our tour guide wasn’t the best at his job. It’s located on a secure veterans retirement home so don’t expect to just walk up to it. Nice history behind it, definitely needs some upgrades to its tour program.

David Harwell

Sunday, July 8, 2018
This is a great place to gain insight into President Lincoln and his thought process before and during the Cival War. Docents are very knowledgeable and outgoing. Not as crowded as many of DC's other attractions.

Steven Romero

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
A wonderful bit of history in our own Petworth. It's attached location to an active veteran senior residence necessitates a more controlled environment. And so for the time you get to spend and learn, makes it expensive.

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.

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