• Cedar Hill

    Frederick Douglass

    National Historic Site District of Columbia


The Douglass Home sits atop Cedar Hill. The home is reachable by taking 85 stairs or by using a long ramp.

The first floor of the home is wheelchair accessible (after traveling up the ramp from the bottom of the hill).

The second floor is only attainable by ascending a flight of stairs. Staff will provide a photo tour of the second floor for any visitors unable to reach it.

With staff permission it is possible for personal vehicles to drop a visitor off at the top of Cedar Hill. Please enquire in the visitor center before driving up. No vehicles larger than a 15 passenger van will be granted access.

The visitor center (at the bottom of the hill) is accessible and the 17-minute film "Frederick Douglass: Fighter for Freedom" is closed captioned as well as having both assisted and descriptive listening devices (maximum four devices available at one time).

If you would like a sign language interpreter for your tour please notify us two weeks in advance.

Did You Know?

Douglass and Joseph

Family was a big part of Frederick Douglass' life at Cedar Hill. By the 1890s his four surviving children (a fifth had died as a baby) all lived in Washington, D.C. Between them they eventually gave Douglass twenty one grand kids, filling the halls of Cedar Hill with noise and activity. Douglass can be seen here with his grandson Joseph, who went on to become a famous violinist.