Sunday, February 1, 2009

Lincoln Cottage

Located four miles from the White House on a picturesque hilltop in Washington, DC, President Lincoln's Cottage is the most significant historic site directly associated with Lincoln's presidency, aside from the White House. During the Civil War, President Lincoln and his family resided here from June to November of 1862, 1863 and 1864. The 34-room Lincoln Cottage is located on the grounds of the Soldier’s Home, which is the residence of 1,200 retired members of the armed forces. The cottage features original furnishings and woodwork, authentic to the Civil War Era and the "summer White House" of 1862-64.

The Visitor Education Center, adjacent to the cottage, offers exhibits that delve into the history of the Soldiers’ Home, wartime Washington, and President Lincoln’s extraordinary leadership skills. An exhibition gallery presents rotating displays of objects related to Lincoln and his legacy. A special exhibit for the Lincoln bicentennial, "My Abraham Lincoln," will open on Lincoln's 200th birthday, February 12, 2009, and stay open through the end of the year. In “Lincoln’s Cabinet Room,” visitors can participate in an innovative interactive experience exploring Lincoln’s toughest decisions related to emancipation, politics, and military affairs.

The Lincoln Cottage is a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and opened to the public in February, 2008, after a 7-year $15 million restoration. Visitors must enter through the “Eagle Gate” of the Soldier's Home, at the intersection of Rock Creek Church Road NW and Upshur Street NW.

Guided tour of the cottage lasts one hour. Each tour limited to 20 participants.
$12 per adult, $5 for children aged 6-12; $8 National Trust members.
Mon-Sat: Visitor Center 9:30a-4:30p; Cottage Tours: First tour at 10:00a, last tour at 3:00p.
Sun: Visitor Center 11:30a-5:30p; Cottage Tours: First tour at noon, Last tour at 4:00p.
Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.

Free on site parking.

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