Petworth News: April Fools-President Lincoln's Cottage to convert to an AirBnB, offers historic amenities

Lincoln’s Cottage, first built in 1848, offers a quiet respite in DC living.

In what’s surely a first for a Registered National Historic place and museum, President Lincoln’s Cottage on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Petworth will be converting the historic mansion into a rentable housing unit with AirBnB.

Now you can really sleep in the Lincoln bedroom!

Lincoln’s Cottage, famous as the get-away vacation spot for our nation’s 16th president, first opened to the public in February 2008. It was built by George Riggs in 1848 as a summer home, and sold to the US government in 1851.

While Lincoln was president, he would stay on the grounds, visiting wounded soldiers and retired veterans who stayed on the property at the Armed Forces Retirement Home, and worked on the Emancipation Proclamation.

“The Cottage is fabulous,” said Executive Director Erin Carlson Mast. “It’s the only place the public can truly experience the history of Abraham Lincoln’s public and private life — where he slept, the dining room where he ate dinner, even the outside privy where he did his… presidential business. We’re making all those features available to our guests!” she said.

Read the full prank here!


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