President Lincoln's Cottage


Saturday September 21, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM EDT

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President Lincoln's Cottage at the Soldiers' Home  
Approximate address: 140 Rock Creek Church Road, NW

Entrance to the Cottage is through the Eagle Gate, located at the intersection of Rock Creek Church Road and Upshur Street, NW.

Free parking on site. Parking is available on a first come, first served basis.

Metro: The Georgia Ave/Petworth station (Green and Yellow lines) is .8 miles away. The H8 bus line has a stop at the Eagle Gate.

Celebrate Family Day at President Lincoln's Cottage

Join President Lincoln’s Cottage and the Armed Forces Retirement Home on Saturday, September 21st, 2013 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm and enjoy these grounds as the Lincoln family did. Family members of all ages will enjoy the live entertainment and creative activities inspired by the Lincoln family and their life at the Soldiers’ Home!

    Explore a Civil War Encampment: View the 150th Pennsylvania Volunteers, better known as the Bucktails, who served as Lincoln's personal guards. 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Play at the Petting Zoo: Ride a pony, chase the peacocks, and play with animals at a petting zoo with Tad Lincoln's favorite pets. Pony rides are first come, first served. 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
     Arts and Crafts: Make cards for veterans and create your own top hat! 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Picnic on the Grounds: Locally-sourced caterers Eat and Smile will be on-site selling fresh salads and carnival favorites, like fried mac n' cheese and pulled pork sliders! Or pack your own picnic and enjoy lunch at the picnic tables or on the ample South Lawn. 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
    Climb Sherman Tower: Enjoy spectacular views of Washington, DC from the top of the Sherman Tower. First tour, 10:30 am; last tour, 2:00 pm.
    Live Music: Listen to Civil War-era songs performed by the Parlor Strings. 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
    Meet the Author: Kent Boese, author of Park View, will host a book signing. 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.
    Hear Civil War Stories: Watch a performance by FREED (Female RE-Enactors of Distinction) and learn about the experiences of African-American women during the Civil War. 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm.
    Watch a Drill Team: A military drill team will perform their breath-taking routine. 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm.
    Tour the Cottage: Enjoy a guided tour of the Lincoln family's seasonal retreat! Regular ticket prices apply; visit to purchase.* First tour, 10:00 am; last tour, 3:00 pm.

*Cottage tours are not included in free Family Day activities. If you would like to take a tour of the Cottage, we strongly recommend purchasing Cottage Tour Tickets in advance. Regular ticket prices apply. Click here to purchase.

Family Day activities, sponsored by President Lincoln's Cottage and the Armed Forces Retirement Home, are FREE unless otherwise noted, and are open to the public. Reservations for Family Day activities are requested but not required. Click green button below to register.

Photo Credit: Bruce Guthrie, Family Day 2012