President Lincoln’s Cottage and Georgetown
I had no idea there a ‘Camp David of old’ until we came across President Lincoln’s Cottage. This is one of the only museums in D.C. currently open due to the pandemic. If you are looking for a good mini getaway, this is it!
The cottage is located in D.C. in the Petworth neighborhood on the campus of the Soldier’s Home, known today as the Armed Forces Retirement Home. President Lincoln would come to the cottage to escape from the stresses of his life as president. He could never truly “escape,” as he wrote the Emancipation Proclamation here. Normally, tour guides would walk you through the cottage but due to covid, they will answer your questions in the lobby of the home.
The museum is located next to the cottage and really brought life to the experience. I recommend going to the museum first to understand the significance of this place. It explained what life was like back then and the power of the movement at the time.
The exhibit in the museum was dedicated to parents who have lost a child/children, as President Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln lost all four of their children. It was an emotional experience and was very powerful to walk through. It really brings to light those who have gone through such grief and loss.
Georgetown is about a 20 minute drive from President Lincoln’s Cottage. Numerous historic homes owned by President Kennedy can be found in this small town. You can walk or drive around and see the homes within a few blocks of each other. Here are the addresses and information you need to do this. Pictured below is the last Kennedy house in Georgetown when Jackie moved out in 1964. There is so much more history to Georgetown but that’s all we had time for on this day trip. We recommend eating at Amigo Mio on M Street (the main street in Georgetown), and walk and shop along the street. If you want to get Georgetown Cupcakes, be sure to order ahead as they will probably be sold out. Instead, we got Sprinkles cupcakes which were just as amazing. Apparently Levain Bakery is another famous shop and has delectable 6 oz. cookies… the line was unimaginably long. Who knew?! Enjoy!