The Brookland Bridge: HOMECOMING EVENT AT LINCOLN’S COTTAGE -5K, PONY RIDES, FOOD, HISTORY AND MORE

On Saturday, September 22nd President Lincoln’s Cottage welcomes families to enjoy a day full of free activities.  For the second year in a row, they are combining their two fall events, the Freedom 5K and family day, into one full day called Homecoming. The Freedom 5K kicks off Homecoming 9:00 am and from 10:00 am-3:00 pm their will be lots of family friendly activities.

Info on the 5th annual Freedom 5K at the Cottage:

For one day only the grounds of the Old Soldiers’ home are open to the public to walk, jog, and run. It’s 250 acres of pastoral scenery, past fields, ponds, and old historic homes. This is a great opportunity for community members to see what’s on the other side of the fence that runs along Rock Creek Church Rd and Park Place.

The other Homecoming activities include:

  • Explore a Civil War Encampment: View the 150th Pennsylvania Volunteers, better known as the Bucktails, who served as Lincoln’s personal guards.

  • Pony Rides: It’s no secret Tad Lincoln loved keeping pets on the grounds. Ride a pony around Lincoln’s front lawn.

  • Arts and Crafts: Make cards for veterans, your family tree and create your own Lincoln top hat!

  • Folgers Shakespeare Library Workshop: Did you know Lincoln loved reading Shakespeare? Flex your improv and theatre skills in this interactive workshop.

  • Picnic on the Grounds: Enjoy delicious food from our on-site vendors, or pack your own picnic and enjoy lunch at the picnic tables or on the ample South Lawn.

  • Story hour, music & more!

  • Tour the Cottage: Take a guided tour of the Lincoln family’s seasonal retreat.

President Lincoln’s Cottage is located on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home at 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW.

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