1411 W St. SE, Washington, DC 20020
Operating Season: Year ‘Round (closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day)
The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site preserves Cedar Hill — the last residence of the famous Abolitionist Frederick Douglass. The 21-room mansion built between 1855 and 1859 sits high on a hill overlooking Washington, DC.The site of Frederick Douglass’ home is located about ten-minutes by foot from the Anacostia Metro station. However, according to Wikipedia “walking from the station is often discouraged by National Mall information workers and tourist guide books, who recommend taking a taxi due to high crime in Southeast D.C.” Free parking is available on-site but the lot is small (about 35 spaces).
Tickets are not needed to view the Visitors Center or the grounds but you will need a ticket if you wish to view the inside of the house. If you have more than 10 people in your family reunion group, you will need to reserve tickets in advance (maximum 60 people). Tickets are $1.50 each. For groups call (877) 444-6777 to reserve tickets. If you have 10 or less in your group, you can reserve online by clicking here.
The guided tours lasts approximately 30 minutes, but plan to stay for at least 1 – 1.5 hours to tour the Visitors Center, the bookstore and view “Fighter for Freedom” — a 17 minute movie about Douglass’ life. All visitors are encouraged to arrive at least 20 minutes before the start of your tour as you cannot join a tour AFTER it has started. If you arrive late, you will need to wait for the next tour.
The Frederick Douglass house is reachable by taking a very long staircase (85 steps). A long ramp is available if you have family members in a wheelchair. Wheelchair rental is not available, so you will need to bring your own. The first floor of the home is wheelchair accessible but the second floor is accessible only by climbing a flight of stairs. The staff will provide a photo tour of the second floor for those unable to reach it. Click here for more information on accommodating family members with special needs.
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