Basic Information

The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site preserves and interprets Cedar Hill, where Frederick Douglass lived from 1877 until his death in 1895.

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The centerpiece of the site is the historic house, which sits on top of a 50-foot hill and eight acres of the original estate. Restored to its 1895 appearance, the house is furnished with original objects that belonged to Frederick Douglass and other household members.

A typical visit lasts about 1.5 hours. Things to do include touring the historic house, looking at exhibits, watching the film, and exploring the grounds.

You must be on a guided tour to get inside the historic house. Because space is limited, reservations are strongly encouraged, even if you are visiting on your own. If you are visiting with a group of more than ten, reservations are required.


  • A ranger talks with a group of students in a historic parlor
    Tour the Historic House

    The only way to get inside Frederick Douglass's home is to be on a guided tour. Rangers lead tours at scheduled times.

  • A black-and-white photograph of Frederick Douglass in his sixties
    200 Years Tell a Story
    Who was Frederick Douglass?

    Born enslaved, Frederick Douglass escaped slavery and became an abolitionist, equal rights advocate, statesman, and more.

  • An actor dressed as Frederick Douglass talks to a crowd

    Attend special events and programs.

  • A graphic that combines two historic Frederick Douglass images
    Virtual Tour

    Tour the inside of Frederick Douglass's house from wherever you are. Virtually walk the halls and see closeups of historic objects.

Last updated: March 8, 2024

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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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