President Lincoln's Cottage

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Multimedia-rich guided tours through 34-room house built in 1842; museum exhibits on Civil War, slavery, and life of President Lincoln

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Guides lead visitors on multimedia-rich tours of President Lincoln’s seasonal home, filled with audio recreations of historic meetings, and a replica of the president’s desk. In the visitors’ center, guests can peruse interactive exhibits detailing the president’s quest for emancipation and the state of the capital during the Civil War, as well as a temporary special exhibit on modern-day slavery and human trafficking.

President Lincoln’s Cottage

Many of the 34 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 covered in recreations of his casual doodles and grocery lists containing only hardtack and Dr Pepper. 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.

President Lincoln's Cottage

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. 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.

Customer Reviews

Great little day trip! An interesting bit of history that you never hear about!
Heike W. · February 7, 2017
Amazing! Ideal for all history lovers, we definitely learned a lot about Lincoln and America during the Civil War. We'll go back with the family next time we are in DC
Paoli T. · December 30, 2016
This is a remarkable site with a unique 'story' to tell. The staff was very professional and informative. I recommend Lincoln's Cottage to everyone I know. Thank You for your efforts. MK Ruwe
MaryKay R. · December 13, 2016
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