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Marilyn C.
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Report | 6 hours ago
it was very interesting. Tour well done. Well worth the trip....
garypal
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Report | 4 days ago
Very interesting and informative tour. Everybody should go, not only to learn more about Lincoln but also to walk in the rooms that Lincoln once walked during the most historic time in US history. Looking forward to going back when it's not as cold. Kudos to the tour guide!
Michelle P.
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Report | 5 days ago
Take some time to explore the visitor center's exhibits either before or after the tour. They have a lot of additional interesting info.
dori g.
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Report | 8 days ago
Very interesting and great tour leader
Carol B.
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Report | 8 days ago
put in 200 Upshur into GPS or you may never find the entrance
Jen-Lien F.
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Report | 8 days ago
Our tour guy, Robert, gave us a wonderful and very informative tour. It is really fun. Thank you, Robert.
Donna G.
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Report | 8 days ago
It was a really great tour. Be sure and stay to view the exhibits too.
James G.
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Report | 8 days ago
Wonderful, historic glimpse of this little known portion of Lincoln's presidency. If you're visiting the Washington DC area, please include this. But allow lots of driving time to navigate the streets of Washington. Though the cottage is on idylic grounds, you'll need to navigate city streets to get there.
Beth A.
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Report | 8 days ago
Very nice tour and history about Lincoln.
Adrian A.
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Report | 8 days ago
We ubered it to the site, and the walk back to the Metro station is very do-able if there is no snow on the ground. The walk from the Cottage to the Metro station is about a 10-15 minute walk, all downhill.
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Many of the rooms in President Lincoln's Cottage resound with the voices of Lincoln and his houseguests, in the form of actor-interpreted recordings broadcast through audio speakers. Though not all rooms are accessible to the public, daily tours through this Gothic Revival home use interactive multimedia to tell the stories of Abraham Lincoln's ideas, struggles in passing emancipation, and family during the three summers they spent here during the Civil War. Knowledgeable guides divulge facts about the president's meditations and meetings, often tailoring tours to their areas of personal expertise, such as war or politics. They showcase video screens populated by images about Lincoln's life, and a replica of the president's desk scrawled with the words "Log Cabins 4eva." Guides also invite visitors to engage in conversation throughout the tour while welcoming them to sit on furniture.

The adjacent Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center, built in 1905 and restored as a LEED-certified building, houses a range of both permanent and temporary exhibits. Visitors engage with interactive displays, photos, and manuscripts revealing the presidential Cabinet's feelings on emancipation, life in Washington DC during the Civil War, and the president's role as commander in chief. The cottage also hosts a lecture series with guests that have included historians, Lincoln experts, and an artist who sculpted a life-size statue of the president and his horse, which today stands watch over the cottage.

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