Metro Weekly: Great House Museums in DC
“Of course, for a deeper dive into the complicated history of slavery, you can’t beat an excursion to President Lincoln’s Cottage. What was known as the Soldiers’ Home in Lincoln’s Day, three miles north of the White House on a picturesque hill with a view to the Capitol, became the 16th President’s Camp David. The Lincolns made the Greek Revival home, built in 1842 by local banker George Washington Riggs, their summer retreat for three years during the Civil War. The idea was to escape the immediate reminders of the war. Though on a recent tour, the guide Brittany Carney points out how hard that would have been to realize, as soldiers would have been everywhere as protection for the Lincolns.” Read the full article.
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