President Lincoln's Cottage
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President Lincoln’s Cottage is a National Trust Historic Site and museum located in Northwest Washington, D.C. Lincoln and his family spent every June to November of his presidency living at the Cottage, and is where he developed the Emancipation Proclamation.
During the Civil War, the Lincolns chose to move their family from the White House to the Cottage three summers in a row, in the midst of a war that threatened the country they held so dear. While in residence at the Cottage, Lincoln visited with wounded soldiers, spent time with self-emancipated men, women, and children, and developed the Emancipation Proclamation. His experience of being surrounded by the human cost of war here undoubtedly impacted his thinking and strengthened his resolve to challenge the status quo.
Today, the site offers an intimate, never-before-seen view of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and private life, and new perspectives on the influential ideas Lincoln developed while living there. Through multimedia-enhanced guided tours, innovative programs, and award-winning exhibits, visitors experience an authentic, tangible connection to Lincoln’s legacy in this historic setting.
Visit the website for a quick peak inside and to see some related artifacts.