Lincoln’s Summer Retreat: Afar Magazine
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“Abraham Lincoln’s summer cottage in Petworth is far enough off the Washington tourist trail that a lot of locals don’t even know how great it is.
Lincoln moved his family there each summer and commuted four miles to the White House by horseback or carriage. From the back porch, he could see the Capitol dome taking shape. Out the front door, the pre-Arlington national cemetery was filling up with Civil War caskets. And just as they do today, retired soldiers lived in dorms a few dozen feet to the east of the cottage.
The restored house opened to guided tours in 2008. The guides are young historians who make the place come alive.” Read the full article.