Cedar Hill is the last home of former slave, author, orator, publisher, abolitionist and women’s rights activist, Frederick Douglass. Born into slavery, he never knew his mother, and it goes without saying that he lived in extreme poverty. He died a free man, with a home that boast impressive views of the nation’s capital, Washington D.C.. One can see The Capitol Building and the Washington Monument while lolling in the rocking chairs on the front porch.
On display are some his belongings. Including Abraham Lincoln’s cane given by Mrs. Lincoln after the assassination, several of his hats, tons of books, and a leather rocking chair by the people of Haiti.
Travel tips for visiting Cedar Hill:
- Go in the early part of your day. Cedar Hill is located outside of the DC city center in what most would consider a rough neighborhood. I didn’t feel unsafe, but personally I wouldn’t want to be caught there after dark. I’m just saying.
- Take the guided tour for an enhanced experienced.
- Hire a car or a taxi that will wait or come back to pick you up. Getting a taxi to come to this neighborhood after the fact was a nightmare.
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