Event — President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home


Where: President Lincoln’s Cottage

140 Rock Creek Church Road NW, Washington DC 20011

When: Saturday, September 16, 2017 | All Day (Schedule below)

For the first time ever, we’re combining our two popular events, the Freedom 5K and Family Day, into one full day of racing and family fun: Homecoming. During the Civil War the Lincoln family called the Cottage home. This year we welcome everyone back “home” to join us for a full day of activities where you can run, walk, and play like Lincoln.

Come for just the race, just Family Day activities, or stick around for both!  Please note, you must register for the Freedom 5K. All Family Day activities are free, but we still ask you register for a head count. 

WHEN: Saturday, September 16

WHERE: President Lincoln’s Cottage
Entrance: 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW, Washington DC 20011
Click here for directions.




9 AM– The day kicks off with our annual Freedom 5K race. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER and more details about the race. Fee: $35 until online registration closes on September 14 at 8:00 pm, then $40 through race day. Lighthouse Yoga will lead a pre-race stretch session, 8:15 AM- 8:45 AM.



10 AM– Tot Dash: 100-yard Tot Dash for FREE following the 5k race. Register the morning of Saturday, September 16.

10 AM- 3 PM: Homecoming continues with Family Day activities, FREE for all:

  • Explore a Civil War Encampment: View the 150th Pennsylvania Volunteers, better known as the Bucktails, who served as Lincoln’s personal guards.
  • Pony Rides: It’s no secret Tad Lincoln loved keeping pets on the grounds. Ride a pony around Lincoln’s front lawn.
  • Arts and Crafts: Make cards for veterans, your family tree and create your own top hat!
  • Picnic on the Grounds: Enjoy delicious food from our on-site vendors, or pack your own picnic and enjoy lunch at the picnic tables or on the ample South Lawn.
  • Story hour, music & more!
  • Tour the Cottage: Take a guided tour of the Lincoln family’s seasonal retreat. Regular ticket prices apply; visit our tickets page to purchase in advance. First tour begins at 10 AM; last tour begins at 3 PM.

*Cottage tours are not included in Homecoming activities. If you would like to take a tour of the Cottage, we strongly recommend purchasing Cottage Tour Tickets in advance. Regular ticket prices apply.

Family Day activities, sponsored by President Lincoln’s Cottage and the Armed Forces Retirement Home, are FREE unless otherwise noted, and are open to the public. Event program and schedule subject to change.

For more information click here.