• President Lincoln’s Cottage

    President Lincoln’s Cottage

    U.S. presidents have long enjoyed summer homes—places where they could retreat from the politics and the heat of Washington D.C. for a few weeks or months. Lincoln’s Cottage was a special place for the Lincoln family.

    Lincolns Cottage Front Entrance

    Fun Facts

    • President Lincoln’s Cottage was built in 1842-1843 and was originally owned by George Washington Riggs, founder of the Riggs National Bank.

      Riggs George Washington Grave

    • It is located in Brookland, near Washington D.C. and sits on 251 acres, part of the Soldier’s Home, which was later renamed the Armed Forces Retirement Home.

      Lincoln Statue At Lincolns Cottage

    • The home was previously used as a summer White House by President James Buchanan.

      James Buchanan

    • Lincoln and his family stayed here from June to November each year, 1862 to 1864.
    • President Lincoln wrote the first draft of the Emancipation Proclamation, the document that declared all people (including enslaved African Americans) free.

      Emancipation Proclamation

    • The poet Walt Whitman wrote that he often saw President Lincoln riding his horse from the White House to the cottage. Whitman said that Lincoln dressed rather plainly and appeared as any ordinary man. Lincoln often greeted Whitman cordially, although Whitman said the president always had a slightly sad look in his eye.

      Walt Whitman

    • The cottage was restored in 2007 and open to the public in 2008. Visitors enjoy its Gothic Revival Style and the displays of Lincoln’s writings and possessions.

     

    Vocabulary

    1. Draft: a version, usually of written material; the first draft is the first version, which will then be revised and edited
    2. Cordial: friendly, gracious

     

    Questions and Answers

    Question: What was the home used for after Lincoln’s death?

    Answer: Two more presidents, Rutherford B. Hayes and Chester A. Arthur, used it as a summer home too.

    Chester Alan Arthur

    Learn More

    Visit the official website of President Lincoln’s Cottage.

    Soldiers Home Lincoln Cottage

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