Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Tours, DC

DouglassHome StandardTour

Historic Tour
0 hr. 30 min.


Ticket Ages General Admission Tickets are required for all visitors regardless of age. Will Call Pickup: 20 Minutes Prior to Tour Time Access to the Douglass Home is by foot up a steep hill or by climbing 85 steps. Only the first floor of the Douglass Home is wheelchair accessible.
For individual ticket sales, a maximum of 10 tickets can be purchased for this tour.
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Tour Description

Frederick Douglass (1818 - 1895) was one of the most prominent African American leaders of the 19th century. Douglass fought for human rights as an abolitionist and a voice for social justice. Douglass lived at the estate called Cedar Hill.

Tour Details

  • Duration: 0 hr. 30 min.
  • Number of Steps: 85
  • Accessible: Yes
  • Effort: Moderate

Know Before You Go

All visitors must pick up tour tickets in the visitor center prior to a tour. Visitors are advised to arrive at least 20 minutes before the tour begins. Tours start at specified time at front door of the Douglass Home.


The visitor center and grounds and first floor of the Douglass Home are accessible. There are 85 stairs that lead up to the historic home. There is also a ramp leading from the parking lot up to the home via the service drive.


In the visitor center: 17-minute film Fighter for Freedom - shown on the hour and half-hour; exhibits; bookstore; restrooms. Self-guided walking tour of the historic grounds (brochures available upon request in the visitor center)


From the Mall Area in downtown Washington, DC: Travel South on 9th Street NW to I-395 North. Follow Exit for I-295 to Exit for Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE. Follow Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE. Contineu on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue for a few blocks and turn left onto W Street SE. Proceed three blocks to the Visitor Center parking lot on the right. From I-495/95 Washington Beltway: Take Exit 3 North onto Indian Head Highway (MD-210), which becomes South Capitol Street. Bear right onto Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. Turn right on W Street SE and proceed three blocks to the Visitor Center parking lot on the right. Metro (Public Transportation System): From the Anacostia Metro Subway / Elevated Train Station (Green Line) take the Mount Rainier B-2 Bus to the Douglass Home.

Note: Some Tours may be available only from the Tour Park on a first-come-first-served basis. Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the Tour Park.
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