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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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  • Very good25%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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1411 W St SE, Washington DC, DC 20020-4813
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"amazing man"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I’m writing this review so that others do not miss this great venue like we did. This venue (National Historic Site) is run by the National Park Service and we are DEEPLY disappointed we did not get to see it. We went to the Frederick...More

1  Thank itsanissue
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I am very glad we visited this historic site and took the tour of the home. What an influential man and powerful orator.

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Reviewed 11 April 2018 via mobile

I just want to say out of all the different posts and contributions of me to TripAdvisor this had to be one of the best tours that I went on. The inside and out of the home is in impeccable condition and well-maintained I recommend...More

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Reviewed 23 March 2018 via mobile

This is a nice house to visit There were not many people in the group, so it was a small tour grouo. The guide was very knowledgeable and very charismatic. Be careful in some of the surrounding areas, because there were some very rough areas...More

1  Thank Ryan S
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Reviewed 17 March 2018

A bit out of the way but worth the visit. I learned so much about this historical figure that I -didn't know (or left back in high school!). The house was a treasure trove of historiana both about the era and Mr. Douglass's life. The...More

1  Thank Bill K
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Reviewed 17 January 2018 via mobile

I myself didn't know much of him, but a visit to this meaningful place taught me how great a figure he is. His powerful remarks are still vivid and relevant today. A ranger in the visitor center helped us a lot whenever necessary. Without him...More

1  Thank HMLeeSeoul
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Reviewed 23 December 2017

Quite a few bits were repetitive from the short film, displays in the Visitor Center and in the narration by the Park Service guide. Has available parking, is free (parking and tour) but lots of stairs/steps to get to house and inside it.

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Reviewed 21 November 2017

While the site is quite impressive, I cannot say the same about the NPS park staff. As one other reviewer mentioned, it is in a less than wonderful part of the city. We traveled there with family that were from the area and knew enough...More

1  Thank Sarah C
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Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

Very inspiring story, recommended for all races. Our tour guide (John) was very passionate and informative. Great experience

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Reviewed 21 October 2017

Worth a visit if you are in the area, but I wouldn't go out of my way. It is in a 'sketchy' area. I would not take public transport to it. There is free parking next to the Visitor Center if you drive. The house...More

1  Thank 523SM523
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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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