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.

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.

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.

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. 31224 to plan your group’s tour of the Cottage.

Gray Line Tours: The Lincoln Experience

grayline_withregisterdmark1President Lincoln’s Cottage is a highlight on “The Lincoln Experience,” a new offering from Gray Line Tours. This comprehensive look at President Lincoln’s time in Washington, DC includes a guided tour of President Lincoln’s Cottage and a guided tour of Ford’s Theatre and the Peterson House.

Please contact Gray Line DC at 202-289-1995 with any and all tour questions related to The Lincoln Experience. For more information on “The Lincoln Experience,” visit http://www.grayline.com/tours/washington-dc/the-lincoln-experience-5889_38/.

Bites Nearby

Are you looking to have a meal before or after your Cottage tour? On a nice day, pack a picnic and enjoy our picnic tables, located on the lawn behind the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center (we’re known as a top DC picnic spot).

IMG_1466-cropAnother option is to try a local restaurant – these great restaurants located nearby are open during the day.

Dining on Upshur Street:
The Hitching Post dishes up soul food favorites just outside the Cottage gates. 200 Upshur Street, NW.
Weekend brunch at Petworth Citizen is delicious. 829 Upshur Street, NW.

11th Street in nearby Columbia Heights has several great choices:
Try a Neapolitan pizza at Red Rocks. 1036 Park Road, NW.
The Coupe serves American classics 24 hours a day. 3415 11th Street, NW.

A number of restaurants are located along the 14th Street corridor between Park Rd NW and Columbia Rd NW, just 1.5 miles away: Potbelly, Chipotle, Cava Mezze Grill, Starbucks, Five Guys, IHOP, Pete’s New Haven Style APizza, and more.

Heading downtown? Lincoln Restaurant is located along Lincoln’s historic commute from the Cottage to the White House! With a completely Lincoln-themed interior design and a menu that pays a nod to Abe’s faves including oysters, gingerbread and chicken fricassee, Lincoln Restaurant is a can’t miss. 1110 Vermont Ave, NW.

Be sure to call the restaurants ahead of time or check their websites for their hours and the most up to date information.

Site Rental Spotlight: Catering by Seasons

catering-seasons-logoCatering by Seasons recently profiled President Lincoln’s Cottage in their Venue Spotlight:

“Nestled in a green piece of Northwest D.C., President Lincoln’s Cottage is a unique historical site for all types of events. Visiting the property is like taking step back in time, with the beautiful architecture and spectacular views that will wow historians and party-goers alike. Here at Catering by Seasons, we love events at President Lincoln’s Cottage because there are so many creative options for beautiful and picturesque events on the cottage grounds. The venue staff are mindful, offering patrons spectacular perks including free parking, and event rentals inclusive of tables and chairs. Another thing we love is how invested they are in the environment. The museum building was the first LEED certified building of the National Trust. Grounds are landscaped with all native plants and no chemicals or pesticides are used. With space for 150 seated and 250 standing, President Lincoln’s Cottage is perfect for corporate and private events of all sizes. Whether you are interested in a small intimate wedding, or a large bar or bat mitzvah, this is a fantastic historic site, right in the heart of the city.”

Thank you, Catering by Seasons! Read the full profile here.

If you are interested in hosting a private event at President Lincoln’s Cottage, contact Events Coordinator Sahand Miraminy at SMiraminy@savingplaces.org or 202-829-0436 x31232.

Plan Your Holiday Visit!

Are you planning a visit to President Lincoln’s Cottage this holiday season? Please note our holiday hours below.

Thanksgiving: Closed
Christmas Eve
: Open 9:30 am-1:30 pm. Last tour begins at 12 pm.

Christmas Day: Closed
New Year’s Day: Closed

Tours around the holidays tend to sell out, so be sure to purchase your tour tickets in advance! Visit our TICKETS page for more information.

We look forward to welcoming you and your family to President Lincoln’s Cottage!

Groupon Customers


Did you purchase a discounted ticket to the Cottage through Groupon? Be sure to call ahead to reserve your space on one of our tours. Please call 202-829-0436 between 9:30 AM and 4:30 PM Monday – Saturday, and between 10:30 AM and 4:30 PM on Sunday. Remember to bring your Groupon ticket with you, and present it upon arrival.

We look forward to having you here at the Cottage!