A Fantastic Experience

Trust President Lincoln’s Cottage to give your special event the care and attention it deserves. One client recently raved about working with our team, writing “[t]hank you so very much for all your help. I don’t know how we would have managed without. You have been so gracious and made this a fantastic experience for us and for our guests. We will definitely come back for future events. The aura around the cottage is amazing and very surreal, it is truly a well hidden treasure.”

Emancipation Lunch

Learn more about hosting your special event at the Cottage: http://lincolncottage.org/visit/site-rental/.

“Perfect backdrop for forming more perfect unions”

This post was originally published on Free Spirit Floral’s website: http://freespiritfloral.com/event_types/bold-and-bright-weddings/.

“Freedom is embodied in many forms: Bill & Philip”

On a cool October evening, fittingly set in the cottage where President Lincoln penned the Emancipation Proclamation, Philip and Bill exchanged vows, freely affirming their long history of love, respect and support.


Opened to the public in 2008 after extensive renovation, Lincoln Cottage is an ideal venue for intimate gatherings and a historic gem waiting to be discovered by tourists and longtime inside the Beltway residents. In fact, even Prince Charles and Camilla will stroll the hallways as part of their upcoming visit to the nation’s capital. The hospitable staff are anxious to assist with special event reservations and public tours are available seven days a week. Lincoln Cottage is a historic respite, a reminder of our forefather’s fortitude and the perfect backdrop for forming more perfect unions.


Photos by Michele Egan Photography
Flowers by Free Spirit Floral


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.

Read our latest TripAdvisor reviews, and share your own! Thank you to all of our visitors who took the time to post a review on TripAdvisor.

Extraordinary Wedding Venue

In search of the ideal wedding venue? Erin and Nekisha celebrated their wedding at the Cottage. Read what they had to say below.

Emancipation Room ReceptionWe were beyond happy with the entire evening – it was meaningful and magical and also – just a ton of fun. There has not been one guest we have talked to that didn’t say that Lincoln’s Cottage was indeed extraordinary.Your staff will be held in our memories for the rest of our days – as the perfect host, in a perfect spot, during a perfect event! Thanks again for all the hard work, good advice, and sense of humor through our months of planning – the event truly would not have been the same without your team!
-Erin and Nekisha, married at the Cottage in May 2014

Learn more about our site rental offerings. Questions? Contact Sahand Miraminy, Events Coordinator, at 202-829-0436 ext. 31232 or SMiraminy@savingplaces.org.

Group tours of the Cottage

Are you interested in bringing a large group of visitors to the Cottage? Read what Liz Stringer, a group tour planner from Michigan, had to say about her experience bringing visitors to the Cottage.

I made arrangements to bring a bus tour of 30+ people to the Cottage and your staff made it one of the most pleasant experiences I’ve ever had in the times I’ve spent putting these tours together. Please extend a giant “thank you” to the ticket manager, the guides, the folks in the bookstore, and everyone else at the Cottage. It couldn’t have been a better experience!

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Learn more about our group tour options here. Contact Michelle Martz at MMartz@savingplaces.org or 202-829-0436 ext. 224 to plan your group’s tour of the Cottage.

The Favorite for the Whole Family

These visitors praised their recent trips to President Lincoln’s Cottage and specifically noted how enjoyable it was for their entire family. Planning to tour President Lincoln’s Cottage? Bring the kids!

IMG_2905My family and I visited the cottage last week, and we truly enjoyed it. Our tour guide was fantastic. This place is a gem, and it should be preserved. We have young kids, and it was a wonderful experience for them.
-via email to LincolnsCottage@savingplaces.org, March 28

This was the favorite for my whole family including our 10 year old son! I highly suggest adding this to your DC vacation schedule! Our tour guide was fantastic! She was very enthusiastic about the history of the home and Lincoln! MUST SEE!! Will definitely return!
-via Groupon, March 26

Our guide was absolutely fantastic! He brought Lincoln to life by sharing stories throughout the house. The style of the tour was not what we had expected, but as my son described, it was “so cool”. He had a lot of passion and it showed. We learned so much!
-via TripAdvisor, February 24

The tour was great. The tour guide and the gentleman that worked in the giftshop were incredibly knowledgeable and generous with their time. We went during a slow period-11am on a weekday. Two adults and three children (8, 8, and 5) The tour guide kept the kids engaged by asking thought provoking questions which linked the cottage, events happening at the time of Lincoln’s presidency, and life in general at that time. He also told us many interesting facts about Lincoln’s life. It was a memorable history lesson for us all. Make sure you hit the gift shop when you go. Lots of great things. We will return.
-via LivingSocial, December 5

Did you recently visit the Cottage with your family? Drop us a line and let us know how you enjoyed your experience: LincolnsCottage@savingplaces.org.

Highly Recommended

“I highly recommend a visit to Lincoln’s Cottage. I learned a lot about Lincoln’s life, philosophies, and presidency. The setting of the cottage–on the grounds of the Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home–is quite beautiful, and is in an area of the city I didn’t know much about. Excellent activity. Highly recommend it, especially for out-of-towners, for whom I am always trying to think up something interesting and different to do. The tour guides are extremely knowledgeable and friendly and always ready to answer questions. In addition to the tour, there are some excellent exhibits about Lincoln that I recommend viewing after the tour so you can spend as much time with them as you like. ”

-Susan Weiner, Cottage visitor

“Give Freely”

A message from supporter F. James Tennies:

“The Cottage is a place of stunning historical authenticity and its themes are timeless and essential… Here we find a transcendence that speaks to us across the ages. In this house, Lincoln met destiny. These walls do speak, and what a story they have to tell. So give freely to the Cottage to preserve Lincoln’s Sanctuary, his place of rest and one of his sources of inspiration and happiness. Your contributions allow the Cottage to tell this amazing story so that, from generation to generation, the story of Lincoln, of freedom, and of national survival can be told from this hilltop to every hilltop in America.”

Your financial contribution will greatly support our ability to share the stories of Lincoln and freedom for generations. Give today.