President Lincoln's Cottage

President Lincoln's Cottage The Cottage was Abraham Lincoln's summer home during his presidency. The Lincoln family resided here from June to November of 1862, 1863 and 1864.

President Lincoln's Cottage at the Soldiers' Home is an independent 501(c)(3) charity that operates President Lincoln's Cottage.

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Join us for a celebration of classic American music and drink ONE ONE MONTH FROM TODAY.  Grammy-winner Dom Flemons, The ...
05/13/2021

Join us for a celebration of classic American music and drink ONE ONE MONTH FROM TODAY. Grammy-winner Dom Flemons, The American Songster, will headline the virtual party which will also feature performances by Hollertownand Moose Jaw Bluegrass.

The event will be livestreamed from Lincoln's porch where bands will perform for the retired veterans on our campus. The VIP option will bring specialty cocktails to you. Thanks to our sponsors at Beam Suntory.

All proceeds support the preservation of President Lincoln's Cottage. Tickets here: https://w.tame.events/e/50f69206d79d4df19b05ed1d1a7f3fc0

Join us for a celebration of classic American music and drink ONE ONE MONTH FROM TODAY. Grammy-winner Dom Flemons, The American Songster, will headline the virtual party which will also feature performances by Hollertownand Moose Jaw Bluegrass.

The event will be livestreamed from Lincoln's porch where bands will perform for the retired veterans on our campus. The VIP option will bring specialty cocktails to you. Thanks to our sponsors at Beam Suntory.

All proceeds support the preservation of President Lincoln's Cottage. Tickets here: https://w.tame.events/e/50f69206d79d4df19b05ed1d1a7f3fc0

In honor of Mother’s Day we are offering 15% off of the #LincolnSlipper with the promo code MOTHER. Mothers: treat yours...
05/09/2021

In honor of Mother’s Day we are offering 15% off of the #LincolnSlipper with the promo code MOTHER. Mothers: treat yourselves, everyone else: treat the mothers in your life. Purchase here: https://www.lincolncottagestore.com/product/the-lincoln-slipper/28?cp=true&sa=false&sbp=false&q=false&category_id=3

In honor of Mother’s Day we are offering 15% off of the #LincolnSlipper with the promo code MOTHER. Mothers: treat yourselves, everyone else: treat the mothers in your life. Purchase here: https://www.lincolncottagestore.com/product/the-lincoln-slipper/28?cp=true&sa=false&sbp=false&q=false&category_id=3

Revisiting last weeks article on Mary Lincoln and the story behind our grief exhibit by Gillian Brockell today on Mother...
05/09/2021
Mary Lincoln wasn’t ‘crazy.’ She was a bereaved mother, new exhibit says.

Revisiting last weeks article on Mary Lincoln and the story behind our grief exhibit by Gillian Brockell today on Mother’s Day: https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/05/01/mary-lincoln-bereaved-mother/
We are wishing everyone—including mother’s who have lost children and children who have lost mothers —peace and love today. ❤️ 🎩

The Lincolns had four sons. Mary buried three of them. A new exhibit at President Lincoln's Cottage sheds light on bereaved parents, then and now.

Thank you to Clemson English for sharing this article on the story behind our grief exhibit and for spotlighting the gre...
05/07/2021

Thank you to Clemson English for sharing this article on the story behind our grief exhibit and for spotlighting the great Callie Hawkins currently our Interim Director and Director of Programming.

Check out a recent article in The Washington Post, which features Callie Hawkins, once an English major and history minor at Clemson who now works at Lincoln’s Cottage museum as their interim executive director and director of programing. The piece addresses the exhibit, “Reflections of Grief and Child Loss,” which places Mary Lincoln’s grief for her children and husband alongside contemporary families’ losses.

Above is an image from the exhibit. The photograph features panels that show the Lincolns’ reaction to their children’s death alongside that of modern-day parents.

To read the full article, please visit the link below:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/2021/05/01/mary-lincoln-bereaved-mother/

Tickets are ON SALE for Bourbon & Bluegrass 2021, a virtual #party for #preservation featuring our headliner Grammy winn...
05/06/2021

Tickets are ON SALE for Bourbon & Bluegrass 2021, a virtual #party for #preservation featuring our headliner Grammy winner Dom Flemons, "The American Songster," performances by Hollertown & Moose Jaw, & specialty cocktails by our sponsors at Beam Suntory: http://ow.ly/MvLt50EGGqY

Tickets are ON SALE for Bourbon & Bluegrass 2021, a virtual #party for #preservation featuring our headliner Grammy winner Dom Flemons, "The American Songster," performances by Hollertown & Moose Jaw, & specialty cocktails by our sponsors at Beam Suntory: http://ow.ly/MvLt50EGGqY

This year we have been inspired by our nation's educators who have borne some of the toughest challenges of the pandemic...
05/05/2021

This year we have been inspired by our nation's educators who have borne some of the toughest challenges of the pandemic. To recognize the difficult and accomplished year they have had, we are offering two care packages (our self-care and our reflection package) at 15% off with the promo code TEACHER through Sunday. Shop for your favorite educator now: https://www.lincolncottagestore.com/shop/packages/4 #TeacherAppreciationWeek

We are always appreciative that we get to work with so many wonderful educators, and especially so on #teacherappreciati...
05/05/2021

We are always appreciative that we get to work with so many wonderful educators, and especially so on #teacherappreciationday! 🎩 🍎
#teacherappreciationweek #becauseihadateacher #thankyouteachers

We are always appreciative that we get to work with so many wonderful educators, and especially so on #teacherappreciationday! 🎩 🍎
#teacherappreciationweek #becauseihadateacher #thankyouteachers

Thinking of Mary Lincoln and the children she lost on Bereaved Mother's Day. To better understand her grief and the grie...
05/02/2021

Thinking of Mary Lincoln and the children she lost on Bereaved Mother's Day. To better understand her grief and the grief shared by so many who have lost children, visit our exhibit, Reflections on Grief and Child Loss: https://www.lincolncottage.org/exhibit/exhibit-on-grief/

Thinking of Mary Lincoln and the children she lost on Bereaved Mother's Day. To better understand her grief and the grief shared by so many who have lost children, visit our exhibit, Reflections on Grief and Child Loss: https://www.lincolncottage.org/exhibit/exhibit-on-grief/

The LAST CHANCE to bike Lincoln’s historic commute with us this spring is tomorrow at 10am!  We hope you’ll join us to l...
04/30/2021

The LAST CHANCE to bike Lincoln’s historic commute with us this spring is tomorrow at 10am! We hope you’ll join us to learn about 1860’s Washington while enjoying the fine weather: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bike-lincolns-commute-tickets-146965924035 🎩 🚲
#dccycling #dchistory #dccyclingconcierge #getinvolved #mydccool

The LAST CHANCE to bike Lincoln’s historic commute with us this spring is tomorrow at 10am! We hope you’ll join us to learn about 1860’s Washington while enjoying the fine weather: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bike-lincolns-commute-tickets-146965924035 🎩 🚲
#dccycling #dchistory #dccyclingconcierge #getinvolved #mydccool

04/29/2021

Alert the young activists in your life: there are 12 more days to complete the application for the 2021 Virtual Students Opposing Slavery Summit. Take it from Raissa Almira of Indonesia: the week is "life-changing." Apply here: https://www.lincolncottage.org/summit-registration/ #SOSSummit #FightforFreedom

This past weekend we were delighted that Senators Ben Cardin (MD), Maria Cantwell (WA), Kristen Gillibrand (NY), Tim Kai...
04/27/2021

This past weekend we were delighted that Senators Ben Cardin (MD), Maria Cantwell (WA), Kristen Gillibrand (NY), Tim Kaine (VA), Patrick Leahy (VT), Catherine Cortez Masto (NV), Debbie Stabenow (MI), and several of their spouses, came for a tour of the Cottage with our Interim Director, Callie Hawkins and our Board Chairman, Rick Murphy. Here is the group including members of our Board and staff. It was thrilling to share perspectives on Lincoln and his legacy with people shaping our government today.

This past weekend we were delighted that Senators Ben Cardin (MD), Maria Cantwell (WA), Kristen Gillibrand (NY), Tim Kaine (VA), Patrick Leahy (VT), Catherine Cortez Masto (NV), Debbie Stabenow (MI), and several of their spouses, came for a tour of the Cottage with our Interim Director, Callie Hawkins and our Board Chairman, Rick Murphy. Here is the group including members of our Board and staff. It was thrilling to share perspectives on Lincoln and his legacy with people shaping our government today.

Thank you Senator Kaine . It was a great honor to host you and your esteemed colleagues.
04/27/2021

Thank you Senator Kaine . It was a great honor to host you and your esteemed colleagues.

Anne and I joined 10 Senators and spouses at President Lincoln's Cottage yesterday to see the restful haven where the President spent summers and drafted the Emancipation Proclamation. Together with lunch at The Hitching Post DC (recently Michelin featured) and walking to the Adams Memorial in Rock Creek Cemetery, a magnificent day exploring DC sites and culture.

On #EarthDay we wanted to make sure you all know about our Open Field Project, a virtual education program where student...
04/22/2021

On #EarthDay we wanted to make sure you all know about our Open Field Project, a virtual education program where students plant an "idea garden" with the seeds of their own brave ideas in soil from the Cottage grounds. The program combines a history lesson with gardening. Tell your teacher friends! https://www.lincolncottage.org/event/virtual-field-trips/

On #EarthDay we wanted to make sure you all know about our Open Field Project, a virtual education program where students plant an "idea garden" with the seeds of their own brave ideas in soil from the Cottage grounds. The program combines a history lesson with gardening. Tell your teacher friends! https://www.lincolncottage.org/event/virtual-field-trips/

One of four Milkweed seedlings being planted near our Visitor Center today by our Senior Preservationist, Jeff Larry. #M...
04/22/2021

One of four Milkweed seedlings being planted near our Visitor Center today by our Senior Preservationist, Jeff Larry.
#Milkweed can be an important source of nectar for bees and the larval food source for monarch butterflies. 🌱 🐝 🦋 🌎 🎩 #EarthDay #HappyEarthDay

One of four Milkweed seedlings being planted near our Visitor Center today by our Senior Preservationist, Jeff Larry.
#Milkweed can be an important source of nectar for bees and the larval food source for monarch butterflies. 🌱 🐝 🦋 🌎 🎩 #EarthDay #HappyEarthDay

Happy #EarthDay friends!  This year we say a special thank you to everyone who came and volunteered for our Landscape Be...
04/22/2021

Happy #EarthDay friends! This year we say a special thank you to everyone who came and volunteered for our Landscape Beautification Day on Saturday. We are grateful every day for our magnificent verdant campus. #happyearthday #volunteer #gardening #dcgardening

Our hearts are with George Floyd's family today...
04/20/2021

Our hearts are with George Floyd's family today...

Our hearts are with George Floyd's family today...

We are having issues with our staff email and are working to resolve the issue.  Meanwhile, if you need assistance from ...
04/19/2021

We are having issues with our staff email and are working to resolve the issue. Meanwhile, if you need assistance from one of our staff members, please call us tomorrow during our office hours: (202) 829-0436.

We are having issues with our staff email and are working to resolve the issue. Meanwhile, if you need assistance from one of our staff members, please call us tomorrow during our office hours: (202) 829-0436.

It's Monday which means (for some) a return to the commute. Curious about what Lincoln's commute was like when he lived ...
04/19/2021
Bike Lincoln's Commute - President Lincoln's Cottage | A Home for Brave Ideas

It's Monday which means (for some) a return to the commute. Curious about what Lincoln's commute was like when he lived here at the Cottage? Read this: https://www.lincolncottage.org/10-top-lincoln-commute/. Then join us (in person or virtually) as we recreate the commute by bike. Our first program is Saturday! Learn more: https://www.lincolncottage.org/event/bike-lincolns-commute/

Join President Lincoln’s Cottage and the DC Cycling Concierge on three dates this Spring as we recreate Lincoln’s three-mile commute from the Cottage in Petworth to the White House, learning about 1860’s Washington, DC along the way. In-person Program Buy Tickets on Eventbrite Register here to...

#OTD in 1862 Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act shortly before moving to the Cottage for the first ...
04/16/2021

#OTD in 1862 Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act shortly before moving to the Cottage for the first time. DC was already a beacon of freedom for people in neighboring states looking to escape enslavement. One of those people was Mary Dines, an educator and lead soprano at the contraband camp that Lincoln passed on his way to the Cottage. She recalled Lincoln stopping by the camp to join in singing hymns and that he he had a nice voice. We at the Cottage believe interacting with Mary Dines and other refugees at the camp deeply influenced Lincoln's views towards emancipation. Today, on #DCEmancipationDay, we remember her and the many others who suffered under slavery and sought refuge in the nation's capital. (Note: the photograph of the contraband camp is one preserved by Mary Dines and taken by Matthew Brady)

#OTD in 1862 Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act shortly before moving to the Cottage for the first time. DC was already a beacon of freedom for people in neighboring states looking to escape enslavement. One of those people was Mary Dines, an educator and lead soprano at the contraband camp that Lincoln passed on his way to the Cottage. She recalled Lincoln stopping by the camp to join in singing hymns and that he he had a nice voice. We at the Cottage believe interacting with Mary Dines and other refugees at the camp deeply influenced Lincoln's views towards emancipation. Today, on #DCEmancipationDay, we remember her and the many others who suffered under slavery and sought refuge in the nation's capital. (Note: the photograph of the contraband camp is one preserved by Mary Dines and taken by Matthew Brady)

This year on the anniversary of Lincoln's death, we are remembering him through poetry, an art form that he loved. Walt ...
04/15/2021
When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd

This year on the anniversary of Lincoln's death, we are remembering him through poetry, an art form that he loved. Walt Whitman wrote several commemorative poems after the assassination, and this is our favorite. It is read and narrated by our friend Garrett Peck, author of Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C.: The Civil War and America’s Great Poet. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkJNZCncs-Q

Our friend Garrett Peck, author of “Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C.: The Civil War and America’s Great Poet” reads a poem remembering Abraham Lincoln on the...

#OTD in 1865 Abraham Lincoln died. We hung a memorial leaf in our exhibit, Reflections on Grief and Child Loss, to honor...
04/15/2021

#OTD in 1865 Abraham Lincoln died. We hung a memorial leaf in our exhibit, Reflections on Grief and Child Loss, to honor him and recall the grief of Mary Lincoln and of the nation that cruel spring. #RememberingLincoln #Grief

#OTD in 1865 Abraham Lincoln died. We hung a memorial leaf in our exhibit, Reflections on Grief and Child Loss, to honor him and recall the grief of Mary Lincoln and of the nation that cruel spring. #RememberingLincoln #Grief

Address

Upshur St NW At Rock Creek Church Rd NW
Washington D.C., DC
20011

Metro - Green or Yellow lines to Georgia/Petworth Metro Bus - H8 Bike Share - corner of New Hampshire Ave and Georgia Ave

General information

President Lincoln’s Cottage is an historic site and museum located in the Petworth neighborhood in northwest Washington, D.C. President Lincoln’s Cottage first opened to the public in February 2008, after an eight-year capital restoration project under the auspices of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It is the only place the public can experience the history of Abraham Lincoln’s public and private life where he lived and worked for over a quarter of his presidency. While in residence at the Cottage, Lincoln visited with wounded soldiers, spent time with self-emancipated men, women and children, and developed the Emancipation Proclamation. The human cost of the Civil War surrounded him, undoubtedly impacted his thinking, and strengthened his resolve to challenge the status quo. Through innovative guided tours, exhibits and programs, we use Lincoln’s example to inspire visitors to take their own path to greatness, and preserve this place as an authentic, tangible connection to the past and a beacon of hope for all who take up Lincoln’s unfinished work.

Opening Hours

Monday 09:30 - 16:30
Wednesday 09:30 - 16:30
Thursday 09:30 - 16:30
Friday 09:30 - 16:30
Saturday 09:30 - 16:30
Sunday 09:30 - 16:30

Telephone

(202) 829-0436

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One of my all-time favorite places, and looking for a new Executive Director! Can you imagine what a wondrous dream job that would be? If I was 20 years younger . . .
Please join Mary Lincoln's Coterie for our 1st Zoom book discussion on June 25th at 7pm central. We will be discussing the book "The Madness of Mary Lincoln" by Jason Emerson. Please note that you must register in advance to be part of the event, but registration is completely free! When: Jun 25, 2020 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpdOmqrj0oGdL5xIfq3ATCNjlH_4Msr-XX After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting
Last year, my family had tickets for the last uniform review, for the Queens Birthday Parade at the Horse Guards. Down the street, is the memorial to President Lincoln, that has just been attacked by BLM. When we there, it was just past Memorial Day and we found flowers and a card Ensign John Davis Camp 10, Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War. "On behalf of the Sons of Union Veterans, I give this tribute, a symbol of an undying love for the comrades of the war"
We have had so much fun sharing our Lincoln episode for the TV series
We laid a wreath here in South Shields England on Wreaths Across America weekend, for Trooper William Hall, who carried President Lincoln across the road from Ford's theatre to the house where he later passed away. We've done this for several years now.
Those interested in the Dakota War of 1862 can view federal records associated at
We loved our visit here. It is easily accessible. Good parking. We highly recommend
I am interested in the assassination attempt on President Lincoln in August 1864. Do we know when, more specifically, or who? Thank you for your help!
I recommend President Lincoln's Cottage for interests in the American family systems for those who have been here since the colonial American era. Let's see more about the complexities of the United States as elections change for a little while in politics.
We had a great time at your open house yesterday! Thank you so much for hosting a wonderful event.
Visited here last year. Great personalized tour and stood in the room where President Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation!
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