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Washington, D.C. Sights

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

  • 1411 W St. SE Map It
  • Anacostia
  • Historic District/Site

Updated 05/23/2014

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Cedar Hill, the Anacostia home of abolitionist Frederick Douglass, was the first Black National Historic Site that Congress designated. Douglass, a former slave who escaped to freedom and delivered rousing abolitionist speeches at home and abroad, resided here from 1877 until his death in 1895. The house has a wonderful view of Washington across the Anacostia River and contains many of Douglass's personal belongings. The home has been meticulously restored to its

original grandeur; you can view Douglass' hundreds of books displayed on his custom-built bookshelves, and Limoges china on the Douglass family dining table. A short film on Douglass' life is shown at a nearby visitor center. Entry to the home requires participation in a 30-minute ranger-led tour, for which you must arrive 20 minutes in advance; reserve by phone or online.

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Sight Information


1411 W St. SE, Washington, District of Columbia, 20020, United States

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202-426–5961; 202-444–6777-Museum tours

Sight Details:

  • House: $1.50; Garden and Visitors Center: free
  • Daily 9–4:30 (to 5Apr.–Oct.); check website for tour times

Updated 05/23/2014


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