Washington, D.C. Travel Guide

Washington, D.C. Sights

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

  • 1411 W St. SE Map It
  • Anacostia
  • House/Mansion/Villa

Published 07/20/2015

Fodor's Review

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's hundreds of books displayed on his custom-built bookshelves, and Limoges china on the family dining table. A short film on Douglass's 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.

  • Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, Anacostia, Washington, D.C.

    Walter Smalling for the Historic American Buildings Survey, Public Domian via Wikimedia Commons

Sight Information


1411 W St. SE, Washington, District of Columbia, 20020, USA

Map It


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

Sight Details:

  • House: $1.50; garden and visitor center: free

Published 07/20/2015


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