President Lincoln developed the Emancipation Proclamation while living here at the Soldiers’ Home in Washington, DC. Lincoln’s time here bookends the Civil War–he first visited the grounds three days after his inauguration and last rode out to the site the day before his assassination. While living at the Cottage for 13 months from 1862-1864, Lincoln regularly commuted to the White House. The Cottage opened to the public in 2008.
140 Rock Creek Church Road NW
|Daily||9:30 am – 4:30 pm|
Lincoln’s Cottage Tours • Daily, 10am-3pm
Monday – Saturday
Visitor Center: 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM • Cottage Tours: First tour at 10 AM • Last tour at 3 PM
Visitor Center: 10:30 AM – 4:30 PM • Cottage Tours: First Tour at 11 AM • Last tour at 3 PM
Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day.
Open on Christmas Eve between 9:30 am and 1:30 pm, last tour begins at 12 pm.
Cottage Admission and Tours
Admission to the Cottage is by guided tour only and requires a tour ticket. Advanced ticket purchase is strongly recommended, and weekend tours often sell out completely. Unreserved tour tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. Tours begin in the Visitor Education Center and last approximately 1 hour from start to finish.
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