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Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

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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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1411 W St SE, Washington DC, DC 20020-4813
+1 202-426-5961
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place should probably be required for every American. The park rangers who take you on a tour around the house really make you think about the man who lived on this property and the absolutely stressful life he must have led. To be born...More

1  Thank SarahJ4955
Reviewed 29 August 2018

My family convinced me to take the Metro and go on the Frederick Douglass tour. The tour, the movie, the property was so much more than I expected. If you're thinking of coming here as a group or individual, call ahead and make a reservation...More

1  Thank Born2B
Reviewed 23 August 2018

The first time I visited this very special place, I was surprised to find a portrait of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Be sure to visit the home of this great man.

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Reviewed 16 August 2018

that where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob, and degrade them, neither person nor property is safe.” - Frederick Douglass Outstanding! Make it...More

1  Thank Brent720
Reviewed 6 August 2018 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

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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

Thank Katnden
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

1  Thank panama2000
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
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

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31 March 2018|
Response from Sarah C | Reviewed this property |
Call ahead but generally NPS sites are closed Christmas and Thanksgiving.
Amanda S
21 March 2018|
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.
Rachel T
5 June 2015|
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.