Courtesy of President Lincoln's Cottage at the Soldiers' Home
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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 exhibits on Lincoln, the Civil War and the history of the Soldiers' Home are on display. Tours explore Lincoln's ideas and place his experiences at the cottage within the broader context of the Civil War and America's struggle to reconcile competing definitions of liberty and equality.

Picnicking is permitted. Time: Allow 1 hour, 30 minutes minimum.

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