Upshur St. NW at Rock Creek Church Rd. NW, Washington, DC 20011
Operating Season: Year ‘Round (closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day)
Located on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) campus, the Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home is where President Lincoln drafted the preliminary version of the Emancipation Proclamation. President Lincoln and his family resided at the cottage during the warm weather seasons during 1862, 1863, and 1864.
Tours of the cottage are by guide only and tickets are required to enter. Tickets are $15 for adults ($12.50 per person for a group of 10 or more) and $5 for children age 6-12 (with discounts available to Active Duty Military and The Girl Scouts). Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended and they can be purchased online. If you are unable to purchase tickets online, you can buy them over the phone by calling 1-800-514-ETIX. Weekend tours often sell out completely.
If your family reunion group has 10 or more, you will need to make reservations at least 3 weeks in advance. Each tour holds a maximum of 24 people so larger groups will require multiple tours on the half hour. For more information on Group Tour Policies, click here. They also offer various packages for Private or Specialty Group Tours.
Allow at least 1 hour to tour the cottage but budget extra time to tour the other exhibits at The Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center. On-site parking is available for FREE in the visitor’s lot located adjacent to the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center.
Stroller and wheelchair rental is not available however, the visitors center and cottage are accessible via ramps, wheelchair lift and an elevator.
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