During the peak of the Civil War, Lincoln lived here with his family and developed the Emancipation Proclamation. Located on a picturesque hilltop in Washington, DC, the Cottage opened to the public in 2008. For ticketing and detailed information about your visit, click here.
Mission Statement: “Bring the world to the cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation and connect with Lincoln through his untold stories.“
Vision Statement: “Meet the true Lincoln and continue his fight for freedom.”
Mailing Address (Not an Entrance):
President Lincoln’s Cottage
3700 North Capitol Street NW
Washington, DC 20011-8400
History of the Site
In 1862, Abraham Lincoln and his family were invited to stay in a Gothic-Revival “cottage” on the grounds of the Soldier’s Home. Located in Washington, D.C., the Cottage had been originally built for banker George W. Riggs in 1842, but the federal government purchased the estate in 1851 to found a home for retired and disabled veterans. The Cottage served as Lincoln’s family residence for a quarter of his presidency during the summers of 1862, 1863 and 1864, and it is where he was living when he developed his Emancipation Proclamation.
The historic significance of the Soldiers’ Home was officially recognized in 1974, when four buildings built before the Civil War, along with six surrounding acres of land, were designated a National Historic Landmark. In 2000, President Clinton designated the site a National Monument, and it remains the only official National Monument in Washington, D.C.
Also in 2000, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a private, non-profit organization, assumed stewardship of President Lincoln’s Cottage and began an eight-year capital project to preserve, restore, sustainably rehabilitate and conduct archaeology at the property. After the $15 million restoration by the NTHP, President Lincoln’s Cottage opened to the public for the first time in 2008, giving Americans an intimate, never-before-seen view of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and family life. In addition to President Lincoln’s Cottage, the adjacent Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center features related exhibits and media presentations.
The Cottage is open every day of the year except New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. For detailed hours, tickets, and directions, go to our Plan A Visit page.