Frederick Douglass was born into slavery in 1818 and learned to read despite rules against teaching slaves. He later escaped his bondage and published his autobiography in 1845, becoming the leading African-American voice for the abolitionist movement. He lived at the nine-acre Cedar Hill estate in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C. from 1877 until his death in 1895.
Historic home, great views of D.C., retro educational film
There is a small museum at the National Park Service (NPS) visitor center and there is an educational film which seemed like it was recorded in the 1970s. There are limited tickets for each tour inside the Cedar Hill estate which are reserveable online or you can show up and hope to get in like we did. You are allowed to take photos inside the house. Spoiler alert: Frederick died in the front hallway where your tour starts.
No trails, but you can walk the grounds of Cedar Hill where picnicking is allowed.
After you tour inside the home, be sure to stop at Frederick’s “man cave” which his family dubbed “the Growlery.”
None, but a timed ticket it required for the tour inside the house.
All roads paved with a small parking lot at the NPS visitor center.
There are NPS campgrounds in Greenbelt Park (Maryland) and Prince William Forest Park (Viriginia).
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