Sujatha Bagal

Stories and essays on food, travel, culture.

Lincoln’s Cottage: A Washington Monument Off the Beaten Path

Did you know that Abraham Lincoln spent the summers during his presidency in a cottage a few miles away from the White House? That was his ‘rural’ retreat back then, but of course now it’s in the thick of a hustling, bustling part of town (intersection of Upshur Street and Rock Creek Church Road).

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe cottage, over the past 150 years, was deployed for other uses as a dormitory for soldiers and as offices, but it’s now been restored to how it would have been in Lincoln’s time.

It’s a startling and intimate insight into the life of a President who struggled with the issues that plagued the nation at that time and with his own personal tragedy of losing a child.

The kids and I went there about a week ago. The Lincoln Cottage must feature on any DC itinerary, especially if you are a history buff or a Lincoln fan.

Read more here and go check it out!

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This entry was posted on April 29, 2015 by in Blog, Travel Writing and tagged , .
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