“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.

Trip Advisor

A number of our visitors hear about President Lincoln’s Cottage through TripAdvisor, a travel site with user-generated reviews. We recently received the following comment from a visitor:

I went with my husband and two teenagers. The guide was able to intrigue both teens about Lincoln’s plight to keep the country together, appease the south,and still keep with his own values. The conversation he began was invaluable to my family. It truly opened their eyes.”

Did you recently enjoy a visit to the Cottage? Let us know about your experience via email: LincolnsCottage@savingplaces.org.


President Lincoln’s Cottage recently received some rave reviews from visitors who heard about us through Groupon. Read what they had to say (below).

What a treasure for DC! We’ve been to other Lincoln historic sites (Lexington, KY; Manchester Center, VT etc) and didn’t know about this one right here. Beautiful grounds, gorgeous buildings and we learned a lot about Lincoln’s Presidential years! -April 20, 2013

Curtis, our tour guide, did an outstanding job guiding us through President Lincoln’s cottage. We liked being in a small group! Curtis was able to answer all our questions and to engage our imaginations with why President Lincoln’s cottage was so important to President Lincoln and his family. We definitely will bring our out of town guests and we will also encourage our DC neighbors to visit this historic home. -April 19, 2013

We enjoyed our visit to President Lincoln’s Cottage. As we toured the cottage, we were able to imagine Lincoln himself walking, talking and sleeping in these very rooms. Our guide was enthusiastic and really touched on Lincoln’s humanity, so we learned so much about this man…not just the things most of us already have studied. The museum was also interesting, and we were lucky to be able to see a signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation which will be there until the end of April. -April 16, 2013

A hidden gem! This was such an interesting tour – I was fascinated by how much of the original house still remained and how the renovations were done, and how the family lived, and all the details about how people could just knock on his door to talk with him. I learned a lot about how he was conflicted about the war, and so many other facts. The tour made him and his family and that time during the war more real for me. -April 15, 2013

I had an EXCELLENT tour guide (Michelle) who clearly loved talking about the house, the history, and the life of Lincoln. I especially loved how the house continues to educate on modern day slavery through its exhibit on human trafficking. The organization clearly lives its mission. I’ve recommended the tour to several people already. -April 13, 2013

It was a lovely event. Cottage is special and the tour was great as it involved us – the visitors. The staff on tour and upon signing in were VERY friendly and for sure seemed to enjoy their job and wanted to make all feel their feelings of this special place. Our family LOVED being there and sincerely hope to come back soon. Thank you one and all. -March 11, 2013

TREMENDOUS!!! -March 10, 2013

Did you recently visit the Cottage? Email us at LincolnsCottage@savingplaces.org and let us know about your experience.