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.
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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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The Battle of Fort Stevens was the closest Confederate troops came to attacking the city of Washington, D.C. In the days...
07/11/2021

The Battle of Fort Stevens was the closest Confederate troops came to attacking the city of Washington, D.C. In the days prior to the Battle, Union troops rushed to catch up to the Confederate army who were planning to take the city. At the time of the battle, the Lincoln’s were at their summer residence at the Soldier's Home (now President Lincoln’s Cottage) and were ordered back downtown to the White House. During the battle, President Lincoln stood atop the parapet at Fort Stevens and watched the battle below. President Lincoln’s Cottage now holds the diary in its’ collection. You can learn more about the battle here: http://ow.ly/JZFk50FsQjx

The Battle of Fort Stevens was the closest Confederate troops came to attacking the city of Washington, D.C. In the days prior to the Battle, Union troops rushed to catch up to the Confederate army who were planning to take the city. At the time of the battle, the Lincoln’s were at their summer residence at the Soldier's Home (now President Lincoln’s Cottage) and were ordered back downtown to the White House. During the battle, President Lincoln stood atop the parapet at Fort Stevens and watched the battle below. President Lincoln’s Cottage now holds the diary in its’ collection. You can learn more about the battle here: http://ow.ly/JZFk50FsQjx

During our annual Students Opposing Slavery Summit, students were given the opportunity to reflect on modern slavery and...
07/07/2021

During our annual Students Opposing Slavery Summit, students were given the opportunity to reflect on modern slavery and how they can help to end it. These students have gained resources allowing them to lead the fight to end modern slavery around the world.

During our annual Students Opposing Slavery Summit, students were given the opportunity to reflect on modern slavery and how they can help to end it. These students have gained resources allowing them to lead the fight to end modern slavery around the world.

July 4th gives us the opportunity to reflect on freedom and equality in the United States. President Lincoln used his ti...
07/04/2021

July 4th gives us the opportunity to reflect on freedom and equality in the United States. President Lincoln used his time to promote freedom for people in the United States by delivering the Emancipation Proclamation and the Act to Encourage Immigration. Since then, people have been continuing President Lincoln’s work. We encourage everyone to reflect on the past, present, and future of freedom in the United States. Have a safe and peaceful July Fourth!

July 4th gives us the opportunity to reflect on freedom and equality in the United States. President Lincoln used his time to promote freedom for people in the United States by delivering the Emancipation Proclamation and the Act to Encourage Immigration. Since then, people have been continuing President Lincoln’s work. We encourage everyone to reflect on the past, present, and future of freedom in the United States. Have a safe and peaceful July Fourth!

Gettysburg battle took place from July 1 to July 3, 1863. While this battle was a turning point for the Union Army, it w...
07/02/2021

Gettysburg battle took place from July 1 to July 3, 1863. While this battle was a turning point for the Union Army, it was also the most tragic battle with over 50,000 causalities. After the battle, President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg address as part of the memorial to the soldiers. To learn more about Gettysburg you can visit this page from the American Battlefield Trust: https://www.battlefields.org/learn/civil-war/battles/gettysburg

Gettysburg battle took place from July 1 to July 3, 1863. While this battle was a turning point for the Union Army, it was also the most tragic battle with over 50,000 causalities. After the battle, President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg address as part of the memorial to the soldiers. To learn more about Gettysburg you can visit this page from the American Battlefield Trust: https://www.battlefields.org/learn/civil-war/battles/gettysburg

Introducing our newest tour, Lincoln's Wild Home! This tour is a self-guided app based tour that allows you to interact ...
06/30/2021

Introducing our newest tour, Lincoln's Wild Home! This tour is a self-guided app based tour that allows you to interact with the landscape at President Lincoln's Cottage and the Armed Forces Retirement Home. You can purchase your tickets here: http://ow.ly/qCiY50Fl0zo

Introducing our newest tour, Lincoln's Wild Home! This tour is a self-guided app based tour that allows you to interact with the landscape at President Lincoln's Cottage and the Armed Forces Retirement Home. You can purchase your tickets here: http://ow.ly/qCiY50Fl0zo

In honor of Pride Month, we would like to highlight the life of Henry Ge**er who organized one of the first gay rights o...
06/30/2021

In honor of Pride Month, we would like to highlight the life of Henry Ge**er who organized one of the first gay rights organizations in the United States. Ge**er is buried at the Armed Forces Retirement Home. You can learn more here: http://ow.ly/7xes50FjXqY

In honor of Pride Month, we would like to highlight the life of Henry Ge**er who organized one of the first gay rights organizations in the United States. Ge**er is buried at the Armed Forces Retirement Home. You can learn more here: http://ow.ly/7xes50FjXqY

2020 proved to be the most challenging year on record for President Lincoln's Cottage. Now, over a year later, we are th...
06/29/2021

2020 proved to be the most challenging year on record for President Lincoln's Cottage. Now, over a year later, we are thrilled to announced that our award-winning guided tours are back, starting July 1! You can purchase your guided tour ticket here: http://ow.ly/xqeA50FkWT8

2020 proved to be the most challenging year on record for President Lincoln's Cottage. Now, over a year later, we are thrilled to announced that our award-winning guided tours are back, starting July 1! You can purchase your guided tour ticket here: http://ow.ly/xqeA50FkWT8

Last night was the start of our annual Students Opposing Slavery Summit! Throughout the summit, students will learn from...
06/28/2021

Last night was the start of our annual Students Opposing Slavery Summit! Throughout the summit, students will learn from guest speakers and gain resources to end modern-day slavery. These students continue Lincoln's fight for freedom.

Last night was the start of our annual Students Opposing Slavery Summit! Throughout the summit, students will learn from guest speakers and gain resources to end modern-day slavery. These students continue Lincoln's fight for freedom.

There's no better way to spend your July 4th weekend than learning about the long journey to freedom at President Lincol...
06/28/2021

There's no better way to spend your July 4th weekend than learning about the long journey to freedom at President Lincoln's Cottage. Tickets go fast! You can purchase your tickets here: http://ow.ly/5k0l50FjY0W

There's no better way to spend your July 4th weekend than learning about the long journey to freedom at President Lincoln's Cottage. Tickets go fast! You can purchase your tickets here: http://ow.ly/5k0l50FjY0W

Join us as we answer real questions from visitors to President Lincoln’s Cottage! From Lincoln's life to immigration, we...
06/25/2021

Join us as we answer real questions from visitors to President Lincoln’s Cottage! From Lincoln's life to immigration, we spend a half hour exploring each question. You can listen to all of our episodes here: http://ow.ly/g5lu50Fffcv

Join us as we answer real questions from visitors to President Lincoln’s Cottage! From Lincoln's life to immigration, we spend a half hour exploring each question. You can listen to all of our episodes here: http://ow.ly/g5lu50Fffcv

We were thrilled to have Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and his clerks join us at the Cottage today! The group tou...
06/23/2021

We were thrilled to have Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and his clerks join us at the Cottage today! The group toured the site to learn more about Lincoln's legacy. We are always so excited to welcome members of government onto the site to share perspectives on President Lincoln!⚖️

We were thrilled to have Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer and his clerks join us at the Cottage today! The group toured the site to learn more about Lincoln's legacy. We are always so excited to welcome members of government onto the site to share perspectives on President Lincoln!⚖️

For many, Father's Day is ​filled with a range of emotions. And, today, we especially honor those fathers, who like Pres...
06/20/2021

For many, Father's Day is ​filled with a range of emotions. And, today, we especially honor those fathers, who like President Lincoln, have complicated relationships with their own fathers and fathers who have suffered the traumatic loss of their children. Wishing all fathers a peaceful and reflective day!

To learn more about grief and loss you can visit our newest exhibit Reflections of Grief and Child Loss: http://ow.ly/G1Xk50FdJMX

For many, Father's Day is ​filled with a range of emotions. And, today, we especially honor those fathers, who like President Lincoln, have complicated relationships with their own fathers and fathers who have suffered the traumatic loss of their children. Wishing all fathers a peaceful and reflective day!

To learn more about grief and loss you can visit our newest exhibit Reflections of Grief and Child Loss: http://ow.ly/G1Xk50FdJMX

The history of Juneteenth is an important part of United States history. This year, we are excited to celebrate Juneteen...
06/19/2021

The history of Juneteenth is an important part of United States history. This year, we are excited to celebrate Juneteenth -- in its first year as a national holiday -- as the official end to legal slavery in this country. While President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, the fight for freedom and equity continues to this day. Today is not only a day to celebrate but also a day to reflect on the cost and meaning of freedom and the role we continue to play in ensuring equity for all Americans.

Looking for a way to enjoy family time now that school is over? Sign up for our newest subscription-based puzzle game. F...
06/19/2021

Looking for a way to enjoy family time now that school is over? Sign up for our newest subscription-based puzzle game. For three weeks, you will be mailed letters from some of President Lincoln's favorite animal friends. Each letter will require you to solve puzzles, find hidden clues, and problem solve.

You can sign up here: http://ow.ly/kD3X50FdKwe

Looking for a way to enjoy family time now that school is over? Sign up for our newest subscription-based puzzle game. For three weeks, you will be mailed letters from some of President Lincoln's favorite animal friends. Each letter will require you to solve puzzles, find hidden clues, and problem solve.

You can sign up here: http://ow.ly/kD3X50FdKwe

Thank you to everyone who made this year's Bourbon and Bluegrass a success! A big thank you to Beam Suntory and Shared P...
06/15/2021

Thank you to everyone who made this year's Bourbon and Bluegrass a success! A big thank you to Beam Suntory and Shared Pour who helped us with the bourbon for the event. It wouldn't have been Bourbon and Bluegrass without the amazing music by Hollertown, Moose Jaw, and Dom Flemons. We would also like to extend a special thank you to the veterans who joined in person despite the rainy afternoon and to our staff who made sure this event happened despite the weather and pandemic. And finally, to everyone who joined in virtually, thank you for attending and helping to preserve President Lincoln's beloved summer home. We cannot wait for next year!

Thank you to everyone who made this year's Bourbon and Bluegrass a success! A big thank you to Beam Suntory and Shared Pour who helped us with the bourbon for the event. It wouldn't have been Bourbon and Bluegrass without the amazing music by Hollertown, Moose Jaw, and Dom Flemons. We would also like to extend a special thank you to the veterans who joined in person despite the rainy afternoon and to our staff who made sure this event happened despite the weather and pandemic. And finally, to everyone who joined in virtually, thank you for attending and helping to preserve President Lincoln's beloved summer home. We cannot wait for next year!

06/12/2021

Today is the last day to purchase your ticket for our virtual Bourbon & Bluegrass event. We cannot wait to virtually see you all this Sunday, June 13th! #Bourbon&Bluegrass2021

Meet Jen Parsons our new summer preservation intern! Jen recently graduated from the American College of the Building Ar...
06/09/2021

Meet Jen Parsons our new summer preservation intern! Jen recently graduated from the American College of the Building Arts in Charleston and for the next few weeks will be working on sash, sill and door restoration in the Cottage’s east wing. Welcome aboard Jen!

Meet Jen Parsons our new summer preservation intern! Jen recently graduated from the American College of the Building Arts in Charleston and for the next few weeks will be working on sash, sill and door restoration in the Cottage’s east wing. Welcome aboard Jen!

Bourbon and Bluegrass isn't just great music and drinks. It's also an opportunity to learn more about the important pres...
06/08/2021

Bourbon and Bluegrass isn't just great music and drinks. It's also an opportunity to learn more about the important preservation work that is done at Lincoln's Cottage every day. With your ticket, you will be able to join the virtual preservation presentation with our Senior Preservationist and learn about the architectural history of the Cottage, our most recent preservation efforts, and much more! Click the link to purchase your tickets today! http://ow.ly/HKaP50F5Dyb

Bourbon and Bluegrass isn't just great music and drinks. It's also an opportunity to learn more about the important preservation work that is done at Lincoln's Cottage every day. With your ticket, you will be able to join the virtual preservation presentation with our Senior Preservationist and learn about the architectural history of the Cottage, our most recent preservation efforts, and much more! Click the link to purchase your tickets today! http://ow.ly/HKaP50F5Dyb

We're excited to share that our puzzle subscription program, Lincoln Letters, was featured in this article from the Wash...
06/08/2021
Abe’s puzzlings over a pig inspire President Lincoln’s Cottage family activity

We're excited to share that our puzzle subscription program, Lincoln Letters, was featured in this article from the Washington Post! This program, created with our partners at Game Genius, is meant for families of all ages. Make sure you sign up by June 20th to be a part of the fun!

Find the article here: http://ow.ly/KOwQ50F5AP0

Sign up for Lincoln Letters here: https://www.lincolncottage.org/lincoln-letters-sign-up/

Lincoln once had to figure out how to save a pig stuck in the mud. Kids can use similar skills in new Lincoln Letters game.

We are less than a week away from our virtual Bourbon & Bluegrass! Tomorrow is the last day to purchase VIP and Family t...
06/07/2021

We are less than a week away from our virtual Bourbon & Bluegrass! Tomorrow is the last day to purchase VIP and Family tickets. Head to our website to purchase yours.

We are less than a week away from our virtual Bourbon & Bluegrass! Tomorrow is the last day to purchase VIP and Family tickets. Head to our website to purchase yours.

Need some practice mixing up the perfect summer cocktail? Join us for our virtual Bourbon & Bluegrass! You'll learn all ...
06/02/2021

Need some practice mixing up the perfect summer cocktail? Join us for our virtual Bourbon & Bluegrass! You'll learn all the skills you will need to craft a refreshing bourbon cocktail. All proceeds work to safeguard President Lincoln's summer home. To purchase tickets follow the link in our bio.

Need some practice mixing up the perfect summer cocktail? Join us for our virtual Bourbon & Bluegrass! You'll learn all the skills you will need to craft a refreshing bourbon cocktail. All proceeds work to safeguard President Lincoln's summer home. To purchase tickets follow the link in our bio.

Today, just as President Lincoln did, we look out over the Soldier's Home National Cemetery to reflect on the cost of wa...
05/31/2021

Today, just as President Lincoln did, we look out over the Soldier's Home National Cemetery to reflect on the cost of war and take the time to honor all who serve. We wish you all a safe and peaceful Memorial Day.

Today, just as President Lincoln did, we look out over the Soldier's Home National Cemetery to reflect on the cost of war and take the time to honor all who serve. We wish you all a safe and peaceful Memorial Day.

Both our regular self guided tours of the Cottage and our special Memorial Day tours of the US Soldiers' and Airmen's Ho...
05/28/2021
Visit President Lincoln's Cottage — Museum in Northwest Washington D.C.

Both our regular self guided tours of the Cottage and our special Memorial Day tours of the US Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery are sold out for this weekend.

If you'd like to visit us another day, you can learn more here: https://www.lincolncottage.org/visit/

We offer a variety of engaging exhibits and programs for learners of all ages. We are pleased to announce that our interiors are now open for timed, self-guided tours. Join us today.

Next Wednesday, join us along with Death Positive DC and DC Pregnancy Loss & Infant Death Peer Support Group for a virtu...
05/28/2021
Through the Eyes of Mary Todd Lincoln: Reflections on Grief and Child Loss

Next Wednesday, join us along with Death Positive DC and DC Pregnancy Loss & Infant Death Peer Support Group for a virtual discussion on our special exhibit, Reflections on Grief and Child Loss, and how it connects past and present experiences of loss and grief. Register for this virtual event here: http://ow.ly/8UJ050EVH1h

A collaborative event with President Lincoln’s Cottage, Death Positive DC, and the DC Pregnancy Loss & Infant Death Peer Support Group.

Check out this Petworth News post to learn how you could win a ticket to Bourbon & Bluegrass coming up on 6/13! You don'...
05/27/2021
Win free tickets to Bourbon & Bluegrass with Lincoln's Cottage! — Petworth News

Check out this Petworth News post to learn how you could win a ticket to Bourbon & Bluegrass coming up on 6/13! You don't want to miss this #virtual party for preservation!

If you don't end up winning, you can find tickets here: https://w.tame.events/e/50f69206d79d4df19b05ed1d1a7f3fc0

Bourbon and Bluegrass is an annual preservation fundraiser and celebration of great American music and cocktails to help safeguard Abraham Lincoln’s beloved summer home right here in Petworth. The performance is virtual and will be livestreamed from President Lincoln’s Cottage where it will be p...

UPDATE: Our Memorial Day tours of the US Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery are full and no more tickets are ...
05/26/2021
Memorial Day Tour of the Soldiers' Home National Cemetery 2021

UPDATE: Our Memorial Day tours of the US Soldiers' and Airmen's Home National Cemetery are full and no more tickets are available

This weekend, commemorate Memorial Day by joining us for a guided tour of the US Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery. This tour, on Monday at 10:00 am, will highlight the history of the Soldiers’ Home Cemetery, notable people buried there, and the history of Memorial Day.

Space is limited but you can still sign up for this special tour here: http://ow.ly/rPDY50EVc2H

Commemorate Memorial Day with a guided tour of the US Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery.

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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 9:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Friday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Saturday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Sunday 9:30am - 4:30pm

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(202) 829-0436

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This past Memorial Day weekend, a friend posted on her page a photograph of the telegram that her grandmother received after her son was killed in World War II. I commented that whenever I saw a notice to a family member about the death of a loved one on the field of battle, I was reminded about President Lincoln's famous letter to Mrs. Bixby in November 1864. With my comments, I posted this photograph of Lincoln's letter. My friend thought that a particular phrase in the letter was poignant. The letter is, indeed, poignant and poetic. The letter is considered one of the greatest written pieces by Lincoln. To me, the letter in structure and cadence is comparable to Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. In comparing the Gettysburg Address and Lincoln's letter to Mrs. Bixby, this is what I see. Gettysburg Address: "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal." Letter to Mrs. Bixby: "I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle." Here Lincoln gives the primary raison d'être bringing him and his audience together, the audience at the Gettysburg Address in one instance, and Mrs. Bixby in the other instance. Gettysburg Address: "Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing... We are met on a great battle-field... We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, ... It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this." Letter to Mrs. Bixby: "But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save." Here Lincoln lays out the task to be performed at his meeting with his audience. In the instance of the Gettysburg Address, the task is to dedicate the cemetery. In the instance of Lincoln's correspondence with Mrs. Bixby, the task is to console her. Gettysburg Address: "But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate - we can not consecrate - we can not hallow - this ground." Letter to Mrs. Bixby: "I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming." Here Lincoln acknowledges the futility of their efforts to carry out the task at hand. In the instance of the Gettysburg Address, the ability of Lincoln and the audience to dedicate the cemetery. In the instance of the letter to Mrs. Bixby, the ability of Lincoln to console Mrs. Bixby. Gettysburg Address: "The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract." Letter to Mrs. Bixby: "I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of Freedom." Here Lincoln acknowledges that while he and his audience cannot complete the task at hand, there are others that can complete the task. In the instance of the Gettysburg Address, those dead brave souls will consecrate the cemetery. In the case of the letter to Mrs. Bixby, God will "assuage" Mrs. Bixby's "anguish." Lincoln's letter to Mrs. Bixby is poetry indeed.
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.
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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!