Frederick Douglass spent his life fighting for justice and equality. Born into slavery in 1818, he escaped as a young man and became a leading voice in the abolitionist movement. People everywhere still find inspiration today in his tireless struggle, brilliant words, and inclusive vision of humanity. Douglass’s legacy is preserved at Cedar Hill, where he lived his last 17 years.
We have secured tickets for a guided tour from a ranger with the National Park Service – the only way to access the interior of the house! This is a great event to bring your kids to – in addition to the house, there’s a visitor’s center and expansive grounds.
Meetup: We will meet at the visitor’s center at 1:30pm.
How to get there: B2 and V2 buses directly in front of the site, 90, 93, A42, A46, A48, P1, P2, and P6 within two blocks. Nearest Metro stop is Anacostia Station, on the Green line (about 0.75 miles from the site). There is a parking lot at the intersection of W and 15th SE, near the visitor’s center.
The historic house is on top of a 51-foot hill. It can be reached either by climbing 85 stairs or by taking a ramp. See site safety
pages to plan ahead.
There are no restrooms in the historic house.
Visitors must pick up tickets at the visitor center before the tour time.
Visitors cannot join a tour after it has entered the historic house.
Strollers, tote bags, backpacks, and other large bags are not allowed in the historic house.
Eating, drinking, chewing gum, and smoking are not allowed in the historic house.
Photography is permitted, but the flash must be off to protect light-sensitive objects.