Green Builder: Preservation

Green Builder Media asks, “[h]ow do you preserve a green yet historic place?”


The Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center for Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, D.C., offers visitors a “Self-Guided Eco-Tour” to show how the National Trust for Historic Preservation spearheaded efforts to bring an early nineteenth-century building into the 21st century.

Bridal Shower: The Knot

Knot-StrawberryShortcakeBridalShowerThe Knot featured President Lincoln’s Cottage in A Strawberry Shortcake Inspired Bridal Shower Shoot. “This styled photoshoot by Sarah Gormley Photography takes sweet treat details (like buttercream frosting, pink lemonade and edible painted strawberries) and makes delicious bridal shower inspiration. Use individual strawberries to make calligraphed place cards and set out tons of sweet fruit for guests to eat while you shower the bride with gifts for her upcoming wedding.” -Rachel Torgerson, The Knot.

View the full photo set. Photos by Sarah Gormley, Sarah Gormley Photography.

Continuing Lincoln’s Fight for Freedom: Preservation Leadership Forum

Associate Director for Programs Callie Hawkins wrote this article on the Students Opposing Slavery program at President Lincoln’s Cottage. Originally published on the Preservation Leadership Forum blog.

In February 2012, President Lincoln’s Cottage launched an exhibit on modern slavery called Can You Walk Away? Human Trafficking: Modern Slavery in the United States. Given our history and the work President Lincoln did here developing his ideas around the Emancipation Proclamation, we realized that we have a responsibility to see how far our country has come in the fight for freedom. As a result of this exhibit, PLC began working with a group of four high school juniors who started Students Opposing Slavery (SOS), a grassroots, student-led organization to raise awareness against human trafficking and modern slavery. President Lincoln’s Cottage (PLC) worked with these students in several different capacities and when the founders looked ahead to what would become of SOS when they graduated, they approached PLC about becoming the home base for SOS activity. With them, PLC came up with a plan to host an annual week-long international summit for high school students and developed a strategy for continued engagement with participants throughout the school year. Now two years later, PLC has held two successful SOS International Summits, which engage students from around the globe in the modern fight to end slavery at a place central to our nation’s historical fight against it.

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The SOS Summit was developed with three major goals in mind. PLC wanted to: 1) convene a group of high school students from around the world to raise awareness of human trafficking and modern slavery; 2) develop big ideas around ending modern slavery and provide participants the tools they need to continue Lincoln’s fight for freedom in their own communities; and 3) create a global network of young abolitionists. Each Summit has brought its own set of challenges and “a-ha” moments, some of which are shared below. Read the full article.

What To Do In Petworth: Washington Post

“Petworth has become a flourishing hot spot for 20-something creatives, single professionals and young families. Despite the neighborhood’s latest transformation, the rich sense of community remains palpable…”


“History buffs and Lincoln enthusiasts will enjoy learning about the home where the former president spent a quarter of his term and drafted the Emancipation Proclamation. It’s a 15-minute stroll from the Georgia Avenue-Petworth Metro station. And be sure to swing by the visitor’s center to see a pair of Honest Abe’s slippers.”

Read the full article. Photo by Megan McDonough, Washington Post.

Freedom 5K XC: Washington Post

“President Abraham Lincoln spent three of his presidential summers at what is now known as President Lincoln’s Cottage  on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington. The picturesque 250-acre grounds, which are rarely open to the public, will be used by runners participating in a 5K cross-country run on Sept. 27, beginning at 8 a.m., to benefit the cottage, a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

For runners and walkers who register by Wednesday, Aug. 27, the fee is $30. Thereafter, it will be $40 through race day. Olympic marathon gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson will participate in the race and pose for photographs with participants at the end.”


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.

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.

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.