President Lincoln's Cottage at the Soldiers' Home is on the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) grounds; entry is via the Eagle Gate at 140 Rock Creek Church Rd. N.W. at jct. Upshur St. N.W. Abraham Lincoln and his family resided at this hilltop home for 3 years from June to November; it was here that the president drafted a preliminary version of the Emancipation Proclamation.
One-hour guided tours begin in the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center, where an orientation presentation is shown. Exhibits detailing the history of the Soldiers' Home are on display. An interactive gallery documents some of the critical issues Lincoln faced during his presidency.
Picnicking is permitted. Time: Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum.
$15; $12.50 (active military with ID); $5 (ages 6-12). Tours are not recommended for children under 6 and are limited to 20 people; advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended.
Hours: Education center Mon.-Sat. 9:30-4:30, Sun. 10:30-4:30. Cottage tours are given on the hour Mon.-Sat. 10-3, Sun. 11-3; visitors should arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the tour. Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Christmas.