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

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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.

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