Looking for a fun family outing this summer? You could do the usual stuff: beach, amusement park, zoo, barbeques with the neighbors you want to see more of (and the ones you don’t!); but why not take the family to a piece of history. Our DC hotel is a short distance from President Lincoln’s Cottage, located on the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) campus in Northwest Washington and a 0.8 mile walk from the Georgia Avenue/Petworth Metro Station.
This historic landmark is where President Lincoln created the Emancipation Proclamation. He lived at the cottage for 13 months from 1862-1864. Over a $15 million dollar restoration project (by the National Trust for Historic Preservation), the cottage opened to the public in 2008. Visitors—local and out-of-towners—create a steady flow of traffic to learn about Lincoln’s home for a quarter of his presidency. Through archaeology, the remnants and scraps from the Lincoln family have been studied for historical preservation–on what life was like almost 150 years ago. (Definitely no IPhones and Facebook!)
To plan a visit with your family, the visitor center is open Monday-Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm; cottage tours start at 10am with the last tour at 3pm. On Sunday, the visitor center is open from 10:30am-4:30pm; cottage tours start at 11am with the last tour at 3pm. Make significant memories by visiting a blast from the past!
Photo Credit: thesecondempire.wordpress.com
Hannah, Innkeeper at American Guest House, a Washington DC bed and breakfast