It's virtually impossible to think of Washington, D.C. and not think of politics, government, history, and the United States of America. Everywhere you turn, from street names to restaurants, there are constant reminders of America's founding fathers. It is, after all, the capital of the entire country. Reminders of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, and his contributions are all over the city. From the Lincoln Memorial on the Mall to Ford's Theater to the five-dollar bill, Lincoln's legacy is an enduring one. Given his historical significance and many contributions, what places Abraham Lincoln on the'hidden gems list? Good question!
Abraham Lincoln's Cottage at Soldier's Home, or Lincoln's Cottage, is a little-known but notable piece of American history. Lincoln spent three summers during the Civil War with his family at this house. Other presidents also called this home their "summer White House." However, for Lincoln, this was no vacation. He remained very much a part of the goings-on of the nation even though he was physically further from it. It was here that he wrote the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.
The house itself is scarcely furnished, and there are very few original pieces in the space. The history behind the home is more intricate than the home's decor, but a visit is still well worth it. Interestingly, the day before Lincoln was assassinated, he was in this home. Learn more about the cottage, the Emancipation Proclamation and the Civil War on a visit to Lincoln's Cottage. It's a hidden gem that's a real find!
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