I’ve been wanting to go to President Lincoln’s Cottage for awhile. When I finally made it last week, it didn’t disappoint.
The Lincolns lived in the cottage every summer from 1861 to 1864, and the president made the thirty-minute commute to the White House daily. He would sometimes leave before his guards had the chance to accompany him, likely because it was of the few opportunities that he had to be alone.
He wrote the Emancipation Proclamation during one of his summer visits, and the back porch was one of his favorite places to sit and think.
The house tour is long (ours was about an hour). The interior of the house is mostly empty and no pictures are allowed, but there are videos and other interactive features that help to illustrate what it would have been like in Lincoln’s time.
Lincoln last visited his summer home on the day before his assassination in 1864.
The back of the house:
Lincoln’s Cottage is in DC’s Petworth neighborhood (about a 20-minute drive from the National Mall) and has free parking. I’ve come to appreciate free parking for the rarity that it is in DC. Yesterday, when Ben and I stopped at Barnes and Noble, I was excited that parking “only” cost $6.
- I’m taking a short trip to NYC from Thursday to Sunday with two of my friends. I’m looking forward to seeing them again and also to shop at Mood Fabrics (made famous by Project Runway).
- I usually love to plan vacations but the amount of procrastination I’ve done on our England/Ireland trip is out of character for me. We’ve booked our hotels, and that’s about it. I still have no idea how we’re getting from Dublin to Galway. After NYC, it’ll be time to buckle down and figure out the logistics.
- If anyone has any suggestions on what to see in London or Dublin, please send them my way!