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Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

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Address: 1411 W Street, S.E., Washington DC, DC 20020-4813
Phone Number: +1 202-426-5961
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Honoring the most famous African-American, this National Historic Site...

Honoring the most famous African-American, this National Historic Site consists of Douglass' home and a visitor center and is dedicated to preserving his legacy of work on behalf of African Americans.

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Historic Views and Life of a African American Legend

We first began the tour inside of the center at the bottom of the hill where there was a store to buy items and then we were directed to walk up the hill to Fredrick Douglass... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We first began the tour inside of the center at the bottom of the hill where there was a store to buy items and then we were directed to walk up the hill to Fredrick Douglass' home to start the tour. There are A LOT of stairs (no joke) but the view from his home is breath taking, you can... More 

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North Ferrisburg, Vermont
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It started with a 20 movie describing Frederick Douglas' life: dramatization; lots of quotes and interesting information in the lobby; be sure to sign up for a tour which we unfortunately missed.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Just visited this historic home today with neighbors from Alexandria. It's a FREE national historic site, so there is NO entrance fee. There is ample free parking, a quick walk to the visitors' center. There you get a pass for the guided tour of Douglass' home. You can start with a short introductory movie made by the Park Service on... More 

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Lafayette Parish, Louisiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What a wonderful place to visit. For any Historical Buff is a must see. We had no idea that most of the items in the home were original to Frederick Douglass. We enjoyed the visit.

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Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

You can only tour the house if you have a reservation. This is done through Recreation.gov for a $1.50 fee per person. Or, you can try to do a walk-up reservation. There is a movie which depicts the life of Frederick Douglass. The visitor's center seems dated but still functional. There is a small exhibit area and lots of Park... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 241 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Frederick Douglass was an early and very important civic rights activist. He was appointed U. S. marshal for the District of Columbia which assured his family's financial condition and used some of the money to purchase the home he and his wife called "Cedar Hill" southeast of Washington, D.C. The site includes a small museum and an outstanding video about... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

This is a little tricky to get to but very walkable from Anacostia station and in summer (in the past) there has been a free bus which goes from museums on the Mall to the house. It is an interesting site and you are taken through the house as part of a ticketed tour. It is a gem visited by... More 

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Orange City, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

I was the lone person turning the site at 9 a.m. on Friday. This is a little out of the way, but public transit put me close to the entrance. I as a bit early and when they opened the gates a little before 9 a.m., I was invited to wander the grounds and take in the site. Douglas was... More 

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Bryant, Arkansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Absolutely wonderful. The guide knew so much about his home and life and was able to answer our questions. I learned a lot of new things about him that I never would have imagined. One word of caution, if you can't walk up lots of flights of stairs you may have some diffculty. Great experience

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

We were able to walk around the outside and go inside the visitors center. We did not reserve tickets so we couldn't go inside the actual home...which was strange bc there was literally no one there but apparently the free tickets for the day were given away for the day. Nevertheless we were able to see where he did his... More 

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