Things To Do

Visitor Center

Every visit should begin at the visitor center. Talk to a ranger or volunteer at the information desk to get brochures, pick up tickets for a guided tour of the historic house, and find out what's happening in the park.

The 19-minute film "Fighter for Freedom: The Frederick Douglass Story" plays in the auditorium. Exhibits feature significant objects from the collection, a life-size statue of Frederick Douglass, and quotes from his speeches and writings.

The bookstore, restrooms, and a water fountain are located in the visitor center.
 
A concrete building surrounded by trees with fall foliage
The visitor center is built into the hillside at the intersection of W and 15th Streets SE.

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Historic House

Most people visit the park to see Frederick Douglass's historic house and its awe-inspiring collection. The only way to get inside is to be on a guided tour. Tours enter the house at scheduled times. Reservations are highly recommended.
 
An office with a desk, chairs, and bookshelves
Restored to its 1895 appearance, the house is furnished with original objects that belonged to Frederick Douglass.

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Grounds

The park protects eight acres of Frederick Douglass's original estate. Walk the grounds, use the space for recreation, or just sit and relax for a while. Points of interest include the Growlery, a garden, and a variety of trees (some of which date to Douglass's time). Admire the house's exterior and its sweeping view of Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia.
 
A view of downtown Washington, D.C., including the Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol
Frederick Douglass had a spectacular view of the Washington, D.C., skyline that continues to impress visitors today.

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Nearby Attractions

Take time to see Anacostia and visit these other places within a mile of the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site:

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1411 W Street SE
Washington, DC 20020

Phone:

(202) 426-5961

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