President Lincoln's Cottage

140 Rock Creek Church Rd NW
Washington DC 20011
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Opening Hours

  • Mon: 9:30am-4:30pm
  • Tue: 9:30am-4:30pm
  • Wed: 9:30am-4:30pm
  • Thu: 9:30am-4:30pm
  • Fri: 9:30am-4:30pm
  • Sat: 9:30am-4:30pm
  • Sun: 10:30am-4:30pm

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President Lincoln's Cottage at the Soldier's Home in Washington, D.C. served as home to President Lincoln and his family during the Civil War, and is also the birthplace of the Emancipation Proclamation. Drawing thousands of locals and tourists each year, the Cottage is open daily for guided tours.

Parking and public transportation at President Lincoln's Cottage
Free parking is available on the premises beside the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center. The Cottage is also accessible via the Georgia Avenue/Petworth Metro Station on the Green and Yellow Lines, about a 15 minute walk.

Best and worst time to go to President Lincoln's Cottage
Tours scheduled on weekends and during the holiday season tend to sell out quickly, so it's a good idea to purchase tickets in advance. Weekdays are significantly less crowded, although it's best to book at least two weeks ahead of time to ensure your visit doesn't conflict with a school tour.

Admission to President Lincoln's Cottage
Tickets range from about $5 (ages 6-12) to $15 (adults). Discounted rates are available for members of the military, President Lincoln's Cottage members and members of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Must see/do at President Lincoln's Cottage
After your approximately one hour tour, make some time to check out originALs. This fascinating exhibition features original artifacts that relate to President Lincoln and his time spent at the Cottage, such as his briefcase and slippers.

Other places to visit near President Lincoln's Cottage
Just a short drive from the Cottage is Fort Stevens, one of several fortifications in Washington, D.C. during the Civil War. A must for history buffs, it is preserved by the National Park Service and is home to several remnants of the battle.

Insider tip for visitors to President Lincoln's Cottage
The lush green lawn that colors the backyard of the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center makes for more than just a pretty picture - it's also an excellent spot for a picnic, so be sure to bring your basket and enjoy some downtime after your tour.

Author's bio: Tanya Sharma has lived in the Washington, DC area for over 30 years. Her work has been published on AOL, Yahoo and several lifestyle and entertainment publications.