Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Can I tour the house?
A. No, not yet. This is one of the newest units in the National Park Service. The house is currently in poor condition and will require extensive restoration before it will be ready for public tours.
Q. When will the NPS restore the home? Will the home be used as a museum?
A. At this early stage it is impossible to pinpoint a timeline for the restoration. The NPS will oversee the restoration of the home after the completion of a series of steps used by the NPS when an historic property is acquired. Those steps involve the completion of a Historic Resource Study, Historic Structures Report and a General Management Plan. The NPS will use the information from those planning documents to determine the methods of restoration, interpretive themes and visitor facilities.
Q. What about adjacent properties to the home? Has the NPS purchased those?
A. Yes, the NPS has purchased 1540 and 1542 9th Street, NW from Shiloh Baptist Church. These buildings will provide space for a Visitor Center and other functions related to the Historic Site.
Q. Will the NPS continue to work with ASALH?
A. Absolutely, the NPS values the relationship we have enjoyed over the years with the ASALH. They will maintain an administrative presence and will work with the NPS to develop interpretive and educational programs for the site.
A. Dr. Woodson lived there from 1915 until his death in 1950.
Q. How many rooms are in the home?
A. The home contains 3 floors with a total of 10 rooms.
Q. Can we enter the home to photograph?
A. At this time we cannot permit tours of the home. However, you are free to photograph the exterior.
Q. How much did the NPS pay for the Carter G. Woodson Home?
A. The home was purchased for $465,000.
Did You Know?
Carter G. Woodson did not begin his formal education until he was 20 years old. He had been denied access to public education in Canton, Virginia where he was born in 1875.