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Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

1411 W St SE, Washington DC, DC 20020-4813
+1 202-426-5961
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Honoring the most famous African-American, this National Historic Site consists of Douglass' home and a visitor center and is dedicated to preserving his legacy of work on behalf of African Americans.
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“house tour” (16 reviews)
“cedar hill” (17 reviews)
“his life” (18 reviews)
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1411 W St SE, Washington DC, DC 20020-4813
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+1 202-426-5961
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"house tour"
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"cedar hill"
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"his life"
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"visitor center"
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"amazing man"
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"original artifacts"
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"house sits"
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"short film"
in 9 reviews
"high hill"
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"park ranger"
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"tour guide"
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"park service guide"
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"small tour"
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"great resource"
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"introductory film"
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"well worth the trip"
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"gift shop"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This site offers you one of the most spectacular views of DC that very few people know about. Knowledgeable staff and tour guides enrich the experience. Cedar Hill is a true gem and the decor is astonishing. The interpretative video is informative, but a bit...More

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Reviewed 10 July 2018

Having read Frederick Douglass' slave narrative I knew I had to go take a look at his last house when I went to DC. It was wonderful.....you have to book in advance as you can't go explore the house by yourself (admission is $1.50). Our...More

Thank Aeneken
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Reviewed 8 July 2018

On a trip to DC visited the house of Frederick Douglas and was astonished by the way the man made himself. Having to walk up that hill to his house in his seventies was something

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Reviewed 3 July 2018

Wow! It is a little off the beaten path, but well worth the visit! You can get there by bus or Metro or you can take an Uber, or walk from Capitol Hill (a long walk). The Circulator bus will get you there for 1...More

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Reviewed 27 June 2018

I took the subway over to Anacostia. Frederick Douglass's house was an easy walk from the subway station. The grounds are beautiful and the tour guide was very knowledgeable. The house has many original decorations and furnishings, including some personal items of Mr. Douglass and...More

Thank TamMpls
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Reviewed 24 June 2018

Frederick Douglass' home was well-preserved and allowed us to experience what life was like during his time. His home is beautiful, as are the grounds surrounding it. I was pleasantly surprised to see that an African-American lived so well during that time period. He was...More

Thank chigirl65
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Reviewed 22 June 2018

There were two adults and three teens in our group who went here to learn about Frederick Douglass' life/legacy. We watched the 17 minutes video. I would warn that during the short video, it shows brutality against slaves. It is fairly graphic and may not...More

Thank SuperJ6
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Reviewed 13 June 2018

We only had a short time to see the outside of Frederick Douglass' home (as part of an African American tour of DC), but it was the most unique feature of that tour before the grand finale inside the Smithsonian museum. We did get to...More

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Reviewed 10 June 2018

Having read Douglass' autobiography I was excited to see his home. I didn't realize what a view of DC it had, which was very inspiring considering all the work he had done. Tip: skip the info video.

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Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

Went here on a Saturday morning and so glad that I did. It’s located on a hill that overlooks D.C. To understand the significance of a former slave, turned freedom fighter, owing a property like this in the 1800’s is what determination looks like. No...More

1  Thank Monty0980
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swest8812
31 March 2018|
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Response from Sarah C | Reviewed this property |
Call ahead but generally NPS sites are closed Christmas and Thanksgiving.
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Amanda S
21 March 2018|
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Response from Sarah C | Reviewed this property |
You should call the park number to be sure but you should be able to go in and get tickets the day of. But it’s always best to call the individual park for the best information.
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Rachel T
5 June 2015|
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Response from Cdnew1980 |
Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery in Maryland and rose to become a national leader of the abolitionist movement. He was an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman.
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