Homecoming 2021

September 18th

Join us for

President Lincoln’s Cottage Homecoming!

Homecoming is the celebration of the 159th anniversary of Lincoln’s decision to issue the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation – at the very home where he drafted it. Proceeds and donations from the event support the mission of President Lincoln’s Cottage, and advance our mission “to reveal the true Lincoln and continue the fight for freedom.” Your support helps us provide transformative experiences for thousands of people each year and preserve a dedicated space for courage, justice, and freedom to flourish. President Lincoln’s Cottage is an independent 501(c)(3) public charity and is the only National Monument that receives no federal operating support.

Freedom 5k

Traverse a pastoral landscape that winds past ponds, fields, historic buildings, and vistas on this breath-taking and challenging course. Located on the otherwise closed 250-acre grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home – home to hundreds of veterans – in Northwest Washington, DC, the run culminates on the foot of the lawn at President Lincoln’s Cottage, where a ceremony will take place. See course map.

Pre-race yoga session with Light House Yoga Center: 8:15 am

Race Start Time: 9 am

Packet Pick Up: Friday, September 17th 4:30-7:30 pm at President Lincoln’s Cottage or Saturday, September 18th starting at 7:30 am

Registration is $35 until September 16th. Race Day Registration is $40

After the 5k is out 100-foot Tot Dash. Registration is for the Tot Dash is free. You can register here or the morning of the race.

Family Day

After the race, join us for Family Day! Throughout the day there will be pony rides, crafts, storytelling and more. Pack a family picnic to enjoy on our South Lawn. Admission to Family Day is free, however donations are encouraged.


Ruby Scoops

A Good Time Amusements, Pony Rides

*We encourage families to pack a picnic and enjoy the grounds. Ruby Scoops will be on hand if you would like to add a sweet treat to your afternoon!*


Location: President Lincoln’s Cottage is located on the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) campus in Northwest Washington, D.C. We are located on Federal property and all Freedom 5k attendees must bring a photo ID to be checked at the security gate. The entrance to President Lincoln’s Cottage is through the Eagle Gate, located at the intersection of Rock Creek Church Road NW and Upshur Street NW. The street address is 140 Rock Creek Church Road, NW, Washington, DC 20011. Note: North Capitol Street address is NOT an entrance.

Parking: Parking is free but is limited (100 spots max) and offered on a first come, first served basis, starting at 7:30 AM the day of the race. We encourage carpools, ride share services such as Uber or Lyft, or public transportation to the site. There is also street parking available in the nearby Petworth neighborhood.

Public Transportation: Because onsite parking is limited, it is highly suggested you take public transportation to the event. There will be a bag drop available on site. Please use 140 Rock Creek Church Rd., NW, Washington DC, 20011 in your GPS or Maps service to plan your trip to the Cottage. President Lincoln’s Cottage is easily accessible from Green and Yellow metro Lines and Metro Bus. Rideshares such as Uber and Lyft are permitted to drop off and pick up on site.

Pets: Sorry, pets are not allowed on the grounds, as part of our Homecoming celebrations

Covid-19 Precautions: In order to maintain the safety of guests and staff, masks will be required at Homecoming. Masks are not required for runners of the Freedom 5K. This event will be held outdoors and will allow for plenty of socially distanced family fun.

Additional Information or Questions:

Contact President Lincoln’s Cottage at 202-618-3406 or [email protected].