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Frederick Douglass NHS (M-Sun, 9-5pm)


  • FREDERICK DOUGLASS NHS 1411 W Street Southeast Washington, DC, 20020 United States (map)
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The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site preserves and interprets Cedar Hill, where Frederick Douglass lived from 1877 until his death in 1895.

The centerpiece of the site is the historic house, which sits on top of a 50-foot hill and eight acres of the original estate. Restored to its 1895 appearance, the house is furnished with original objects that belonged to Frederick Douglass and other household members.

A typical visit lasts about 1.5 hours. Things to do include touring the historic house, looking at exhibits, watching the film, and exploring the grounds.

You must be on a guided tour to get inside the historic house. Because space is limited, reservations are strongly encouraged, even if you are visiting on your own. If you are visiting with a group of more than ten, reservations are required.

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

Hours apply to the grounds and visitor center. Visitors may only enter the historic house on guided tours at scheduled times. Space is limited. Reservations are strongly encouraged if you are visiting on your own or with fewer than ten people. Reservations are required for groups of more than ten people.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Monday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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