[Sitings] President Lincoln’s Cottage: Abe's Home Away From Home

Posted on: June 29th, 2013 by Mame McCully

President Lincoln's Cottage is the most significant historic site directly associated with Lincoln's presidency aside from the White House. During the Civil War, President Lincoln and his family resided here from June to November of 1862, 1863, and 1864.
President Lincoln's Cottage is the most significant historic site directly associated with Lincoln's presidency aside from the White House.

Most people associate Abraham Lincoln with the White House, but one of the most pivotal times in our 16th president's career took place at this Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation -- President Lincoln's Cottage.

President Lincoln lived in this Gothic Revival Cottage in Washington, DC, for 13 months from June to November of 1862-1864, and regularly commuted to the White House. More importantly, he developed the Emancipation Proclamation onsite, leading to its reputation today as "the cradle of emancipation."

Opened to the public in 2008, the Cottage is just a short drive from downtown D.C. Both the Cottage and its visitor center are located on the grounds of the Soldiers' Home, and is open seven days a week.

Visit the Cottage to learn how it interprets Lincoln's legacy in a contemporary context. Can't make it soon? Enjoy this slideshow in the meantime:

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Mame McCully

Mame McCully is a marketing manager at the National Trust. Her heart is forever in the Midwest, but she loves to travel, explore new places, and spend time with family and friends.

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