United States Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Trip Report A Mini-Trip to President Lincoln's Summer Cottage

Jump to last reply

President Lincoln and his family spent about 4 months each year at a summer cottage (well, 34 rooms) three miles north of the swampy and swamped White House of the 1860s. In those days, parts of what is now the Mall were still swamps. And, the White House was open to anyone. Apparently, the public rooms were usually filled with folks looking for favors.

The President rode his horse ("Old Bob") or took his carriage from the White House each evening and returned the next morning. According to the google site, he had been there the day before his assassination.

The home had belonged to the Riggs family of D.C. and the Army bought it and established a Veteran's Home and a U.S. cemetery (now filled). During the Civil War, it became a hospital as well.

Over the years, it was visited by other presidents, used solely by the Army and finally closed. Fortunately, the National Trust for Historic Preservation got it restored and opened for visitors in 2008.

Lincoln's Cottage came up at my group's travel planning session in summer of 2013. Many of us had never heard of it so put it on our 2014 itinerary.

Next: How to get there and other info.

7 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

View all United States activity »
  1. 1 Relocation: Where Do We Fit In
  2. 2 Washington DC in Spring?
  3. 3 Weather in Hawaii in January
  4. 4 Looking for good moonstone beach hotels in cambria
  5. 5 Quick advice needed for 1st visit to HNL & Kauai
  6. 6 montana vs ft nelson bc area
  7. 7 Trip Report I am "The Prince of Tides"
  8. 8 Pet Friendly places in Myrtle Beach
  9. 9 Richmond highlights?
  10. 10 New York accommodation - apartment for family needed (winter)
  11. 11 Must Eats
  12. 12 NYC becoming a battleground for Air BnB apartment rentals
  13. 13 Need condo suggestions in Destin
  14. 14 Restaurants in and around Asheville, NC
  15. 15 San Diego Girl's Trip in December
  16. 16 Florida St George's Island
  17. 17 Central Park Fall Foliage
  18. 18 Union Square area restaurant
  19. 19 Three or Four Nights in Moab?
  20. 20 4 week family trip ideas
  21. 21 Driving around Grand Canyon NP?
  22. 22 Breckenridge in October
  23. 23 What do you do when your VRBO rental is a nightmare in Lake Geneva?
  24. 24 Good area to stay in for young (20-something) married couple?
  25. 25 Need good hotel for couple with teen daughter for 2 nights: shopping, plays, not over $600. Which???
View next 25 » Back to the top