Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get inside the historic house?

You must be on a guided tour to enter the historic house. Rangers lead tours every day at scheduled times. Because there is limited space on each tour, reservations are highly recommended. If you are bringing a group of more than ten people, reservations are required.

Did Frederick Douglass actually live here?

Yes, Frederick Douglass bought the house in 1877. He lived here until his death in 1895. The house and grounds were preserved and turned into a historic site soon after he passed away.

Was the house always on a hill?

Yes, the house was constructed on top of the hill in the 1850s. Its high elevation gave Frederick Douglass a spectacular view of Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. There are accessible options for getting to the top of the hill so that all can enjoy the view today.

Are the objects in the house original?

About 70% of the objects exhibited in the house belonged to Frederick Douglass or other household members and were in the house while he lived there. The collection contains furniture, artwork, books, personal effects, and everyday items.

Is there on-site parking?

Yes, a free parking lot is located at the intersection of W and 15th Streets SE.

Last updated: December 24, 2015

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

1411 W Street SE
Washington, DC 20020


This phone number is to the ranger offices at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.

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