• Cedar Hill

    Frederick Douglass

    National Historic Site District of Columbia

For Kids

Oratorical Contest

Frederick Douglass used oratory to change the world, want to give it a try? More information...


 

More than 100 years of kids at Cedar Hill!

During Frederick Douglass' life Cedar Hill was awash in grandchildren. Much of Douglass' family lived in Washington, DC and his grandkids loved visiting their grandpa. Douglass would give them piggyback rides, let them braid his hair, and play outdoor games with them. We still have 8 acres of land, so come ready to explore both the house and its hill.

Download our Junior Ranger book.


 
Junior Ranger

Junior Rangers

You don't have to be old to have fun with Frederick Douglass. Exploring and protecting Douglass and his home is great no matter how tall you are or what your age.

How do I become a Junior Ranger?

Becoming a Junior Ranger is easy: come to the site, visit the house, then work on our Junior Ranger book. Once you have completed enough activities, learned enough about Frederick Douglass, and promised to help us teach about and protect the park, you are in! We even have unique Frederick Douglass badges for you to wear letting everyone know that you are an FD Jr. Ranger.

Can't make it to the site?

That's ok, we still want you to be a Junior Ranger. You can download the book and work on it at home. Once you have completed enough activities mail in the check list at the end of the book. We will send you a badge and you can spread the word about Frederick Douglass far and wide.


 

Rangers around the world!

Like being a Junior Ranger, but already finished our book? There is even more fun to be had as a WebRanger. Check out the site for lots of games and activities all about the National Parks.

You can also see what other NPS sites have Jr. Ranger activities (now and in the past) at the National Park Service Children's Corner.

One park we know for sure has a program is National Capital Parks East, our parent park. Look into their Jr. Ranger Book to find all kinds of interesting sites and activities in the DC area.

Did You Know?

The Growlery

Behind Cedar Hill is a reconstruction of the "Growlery," where Frederick Douglass retreated to work and "growl" when he was in the mood. This one-room den was simply furnished with a fireplace, desk, and couch.