Lincoln's Commute Website Launched

By Erin Carlson Mast

While President Lincoln lived at the Soldiers’ Home with his family, he often commuted to the White House and other locations in downtown Washington, returning each night to the Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home. First hand accounts tell us about the many people and places Lincoln passed along his commute, including the first National Cemetery, military hospitals, and a contraband camp. The sites and sounds he witnessed were powerful reminders of the price and the promise of freedom.

In collaboration, President Lincoln’s Cottage and the White House Historical Association have launched an online version of an animated film of Lincoln’s commute, followed by an interactive map of Lincoln’s route from the Soldiers’ Home to the White House, with additional information on Lincoln’s Washington.


The animated film may also be viewed at the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center at President Lincoln’s Cottage in the exhibit galleries.  The film was made possible with support from the White House Historical Association.

Ms. Mast is the Curator at President Lincoln’s Cottage.
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