President Lincoln’s Cottage

  • 22,000 Sq ft of Historic Renovation
  • National Monument
  • President Lincoln’s Summer Home

Located on a picturesque hilltop in Washington, DC, President Lincoln’s Cottage is the most significant historic site directly associated with Lincoln’s presidency aside from the White House. Designated a National Monument by President Clinton in 2000, President Lincoln’s Cottage served as Lincoln’s family residence for a quarter of his presidency. During the Civil War, President Lincoln and his family resided here from June to November, 1862, 1863 and 1864. President Lincoln’s Cottage is located on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in northwest Washington, D.C. This quiet retreat, just over three miles from downtown Washington, was the Camp David of its day, serving as an escape for Presidents Buchanan, Lincoln, Hayes and Arthur. But it was the time that Lincoln spent here that gives the site its vital place in American history. In addition to developing his policy of emancipation here, Lincoln plotted Union wartime strategies. He also decided to include the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery in the Republican platform of 1864 while staying at the Cottage. “After Lincoln, it was occupied and modified by other residents. It has been used as a hospital, a bar and a rooming house. Seven to eight layers of flooring have been removed and in the library, 21 coats of paint were stripped to get to the original wood walls,” site manager David Brooks of The Christman Company said. This is a 22,000 square foot project, including a visitor education center. Mona Electrics’ Special Projects Group installed a whole new electrical system. Custom made light fixtures and chandeliers combined with modern technology make the lights appear as if they were gas fixtures, true to the time when Lincoln lived there. Mona’s craftsmen concealed state of the art technology behind the walls and ceilings, all consistent to the original décor.