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President Lincoln's Cottage

President Lincoln's Cottage Review

In June 1862 President Lincoln moved from the White House to this Gothic Revival cottage on the grounds of the Soldiers' Home to escape the oppressive heat of Washington and to grieve for the loss of his son Willie. Lincoln and his wife lived in the cottage from June to November of 1862, 1863, and 1864—a quarter of his presidency. Considered the most significant historic site of President Lincoln's presidency outside the White House, it was here that the president developed the Emancipation Proclamation.

Check in at Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center for tours, a gift shop, a small museum, and an introductory film. The Signature Tour attempts to re-create a visit to the cottage similar to what Lincoln's many visitors in the 1860s experienced, while the Emancipation Tour takes visitors inside Lincoln's mind as he anguished over the Civil War and emancipation.

Tours are given every hour from 10 to 3, Monday through Saturday, and every hour 11 to 3 on Sunday. Only 20 spots are available per tour; make advance reservations through the website or by calling E-Tix in advance.

Although the museum is reachable by Metro and H8 bus, it's much easier to drive or take a cab. Visitors may also picnic on the cottage grounds, which have been landscaped to look as they did when Lincoln lived here. As you go up the hill toward the Cottage, there's a panoramic view of the city including the Capitol Dome.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Armed Forces Retirement Home, 140 Rock Creek Church Rd. and Upshur St. NW, Columbia Heights, Washington, DC 20011 | Map It
  • Phone: 202/829–0436; 800/514–3849 E-tickets
  • Cost: $15
  • Hours: Mon.–Sat. 9:30–4:30, Sun. 10:30–4:30
  • Website:
  • Metro Georgia Ave./Petworth.
  • Location: Upper Northwest
Updated: 06-05-2013

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