Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

sights / Historic

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site information

Washington, DC , USA
Street 1411 W St SE
+1 877 444 6777
Getting there
bus B2, B4 from Anacostia Metro
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Opening hours
9am-5pm Apr-Oct, to 4:30pm Nov-Mar
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Lonely Planet review

The hilltop home – Cedar Hill – of the escaped slave, abolitionist, man of letters and icon of the American Civil Rights movement is maintained as a nice museum that overlooks, in a figurative and literal way, the city and neighborhood that represents his nation’s highest hopes and harshest realities. Douglass lived here from 1878 until his death in 1895. The house still contains most of his original furnishings, down to his wire-rim eyeglasses on his roll-top desk. Visits into the home are by organized tour only, of which there are five or six daily. Call for times and to reserve a space ($1.50 reservation fee per ticket). The site is about 2 miles southeast of Nationals Park.