President Lincoln’s Cottage, Washington, D.C.

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By John Cowgill

Abraham Lincoln is one of the most well-known Americans in U.S. history.  His legacy has a strong presence in the United States as well as in other countries.  From his birthplace in Kentucky to his boyhood home in Indiana and his life in Illinois to his days in Washington, D.C., he made a great impact during a time of turmoil in the nation.

We know about his time in the White House where he was the first sitting president to be in a war and his assassination at Ford’s Theater and the Peterson House where he died. And, like many presidents, Lincoln had a home away from the White House, a cottage a short horse ride away.

President Lincoln’s Cottage is located on the grounds of the Soldiers Home in the Petworth neighborhood of Washington, D.C. It was a home away from his home at the White House. Despite the fact that the cottage is now surrounded by urbanization, you will see there a scene similar to what Abraham Lincoln and his family would have seen.

At the cottage, the tour guide will tell stories of Abraham Lincoln’s personal life.  You’ll hear stories of some of the visitors to the cottage. Here, where Lincoln made decisions that changed the course of the nation, you can see the desk where he wrote the Emancipation Proclamation.

Lincoln’s Cottage

President Lincoln’s Cottage features the cottage itself and a museum on the life of President Abraham Lincoln.  It is located at 140 Rock Creek Church Road, N.W. in Washington, D.C. (between North Capitol Street, Georgia Avenue [U.S. 29], and New Hampshire Avenue) on the property of the U.S. Soldiers Home.  You will need to pass through a security checkpoint to enter the property.

Lincoln’s Cottage is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Parking is on site inside the secured area.  Due to the historic nature of the cottage, it is not wheelchair accessible.  You can learn more about the Lincoln Cottage and information about admission and upcoming events at

Visit the Lincoln Cottage, hear the stories of the intimate life of the former president, and enjoy the tranquility in the midst of the urban world.

John Cowgill writes about regional attractions.


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