Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

A Washington, DC Historic Landmark

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
© National Park Service

The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site honors Frederick Douglass' life and accomplishments. Douglass freed himself from slavery and helped to free millions of others. He lived in Rochester, NY throughout the Civil War. After the war, he moved to Washington, DC to serve in international affairs, in the Council of Government for the District of Columbia, and as US Marshal for the District. In 1877 he purchased his home, which he named Cedar Hill and later became the location of the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site. The view of the nation’s capital from Cedar Hill is breathtaking.


1411 W Street SE
Washington, DC
(202) 426-5961
The closest Metro stop is the Anacostia Metro Station


Open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily, October 16 through April 14, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. April 15 through October 15. Closed on Thanksgiving, December 25 and January 1.


There is no admission fee. However, a $2.00 per person service charge applies to reservations for tours of the Douglass Home. Tours must be scheduled in advance. Call (800) 967-2283.

Frederick Douglass Birthday Event

Douglass' was born in Talbot County, Maryland around 1818. The exact year and date of his birth are unknown, though later in life he chose to celebrate it on February 14. The National Park Service celebrates his birthday with events at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, the Anacostia Arts Center, the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, the Islamic Heritage Museum and Cultural Center and the Anacostia Playhouse. The birthday celebration is one of Frederick Douglass National Historic Site’s annual signature events featuring an array of programs and activities dedicated to increasing the public’s knowledge of Douglass’ life. All programs are free and are open to the public.

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