How to Spend $40 in Petworth: Washington Post

“Long a residential neighborhood with working-class roots, Petworth has seen an influx of upscale dining and retail options. Today, the Northwest neighborhood mixes charm and history. Here’s the best way to take it all in, with nothing more than two $20 bills and some change… [Rock Creek Church Cemetery] abuts President Lincoln’s Cottage, which was founded in 1851 as a home for veteran soldiers. President Lincoln frequented the home in the summer, when he would escape the mugginess of the city (good luck) and tend to executive matters. The cottage is open to tours ($15).” Read the full article.

Great House Museums in DC: Metro Weekly

Metro-Weekly-Todd-Franson“Of course, for a deeper dive into the complicated history of slavery, you can’t beat an excursion to President Lincoln’s Cottage. What was known as the Soldiers’ Home in Lincoln’s Day, three miles north of the White House on a picturesque hill with a view to the Capitol, became the 16th President’s Camp David. The Lincolns made the Greek Revival home, built in 1842 by local banker George Washington Riggs, their summer retreat for three years during the Civil War. The idea was to escape the immediate reminders of the war. Though on a recent tour, the guide Brittany Carney points out how hard that would have been to realize, as soldiers would have been everywhere as protection for the Lincolns.” Read the full article.

Photo by Todd Franson, Courtesy Metro Weekly.

Lincoln’s Summer Retreat: Afar Magazine

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“Abraham Lincoln’s summer cottage in Petworth is far enough off the Washington tourist trail that a lot of locals don’t even know how great it is.

Lincoln moved his family there each summer and commuted four miles to the White House by horseback or carriage. From the back porch, he could see the Capitol dome taking shape. Out the front door, the pre-Arlington national cemetery was filling up with Civil War caskets. And just as they do today, retired soldiers lived in dorms a few dozen feet to the east of the cottage.

The restored house opened to guided tours in 2008. The guides are young historians who make the place come alive.” Read the full article.

The Cottage Grounds: Landscape Architecture Magazine

This Fourth of July, Landscape Architecture Magazine highlighted the grounds at President Lincoln’s Cottage. “[The site is] important for its associations with Lincoln, but also for its significance as a walking landscape, one that witnessed and perhaps nurtured some of our most enduring ideas of what it means to be American.”

Grounds 022_mrRead the full article: http://landscapearchitecturemagazine.org/2014/07/04/happy-fourth/.

2014 Certificate of Excellence!

We are delighted to announce that TripAdvisor awarded President Lincoln’s Cottage a 2014 Certificate of Excellence, in recognition for consistently receiving top ratings from TripAdvisor travelers. This award is only given to establishments that consistently receive outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor.


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Summer Bucket List With Kids: The Washington Post

The Washington Post featured President Lincoln’s Cottage in a summer roundup of fun activities to do with kids. Read the full article and discover why the writer profiled the Cottage on the short list of “things to take our kids to before school starts.”

visitors02Planning to visit with your children? Pack a picnic and enjoy our ample lawn space and picnic tables on the lush grounds. And if you are traveling with a Girl Scout, make sure to call ahead and ask about our Girl Scout activity sheet and opportunity to earn a badge on your visit!