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Homecoming at President Lincoln’s Cottage – Pony Rides, Arts And Crafts, And More

Although not in Brookland, one of our local gems worth checking out is nearby President Lincoln’s Cottage. The Cottage is the only public place where one can get a glimpse into Abraham Lincoln’s public and private life. This Homecoming event is a fun free event this Saturday, September 16 from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. From the event page:

SCHEDULE FOR THE DAY:

  • 9 AM- The day kicks off with our annual Freedom 5K race. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER and more details about the race. **Please note you must register for the race separately.

  • 10 AM- Tot Dash: 100-yard Tot Dash for FREE following the 5k race. Register the morning of Saturday, September 16.

  • 10 AM- 3 PM: Homecoming continues with Family Day activities, FREE for all:

  • Explore a Civil War Encampent: View the 150th Pennsylvania Volunteers, better known as the Bucktails, who served as Lincoln’s personal guards

  • Pony Rides: It’s no secret Tad Lincoln loved keeping pets on the ground. Don’t let this chance slip by to ride a pony on Lincoln’s front lawn!

  • Arts and Crafts: Make cards for veterans, your family tree, and create your own top hat!

  • Picnic on the Grounds: Enjoy delicious food from our on-site vendors, or pack your own picnic and enjoy lunch at the picnic tables or on the ample South Lawn.

  • Story hour, music, and more!

President Lincoln’s Cottage is located at 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW.

4th Annual Freedom 5K At President Lincoln’s Cottage – Register Now

Check this out, Brookland runners. The Freedom 5K is a rare chance to race through the 250-acre grounds of the nearby Armed Forces Retirement Home. The race will take place on Saturday September 16th . From the event page:

Traverse a pastoral landscape that winds past ponds, fields, historic buildings, and vistas on this breath-taking course. The run culminates on the foot of the lawn at President Lincoln’s Cottage, where a ceremony will take place…Registration fee: $35 until online registration closes on September 14 at 8:00 pm, then will be $40 through race day.

Check out more information here. The entrance to President Lincoln’s Cottage is through the Eagle Gate, located at the intersection of Rock Creek Church Road NW and Upshur Street NW.

Memorial Day Wreath Laying And Cemetery Tours At Lincoln’s Cottage/Old Soldiers Home

Lincoln cottage old soldiers home memorial day flagHere is a great way to commemorate Memorial Day- that’s just around the corner from Brookland. Sign up here for guided tours of the United States Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery and experience a wreath laying ceremony. The cemetery was visited by President Abraham Lincoln, and is notable for being the first national cemetery (est. 1861) and for serving as the final resting place for John Logan, who formalized Memorial Day celebrations in 1868. Both the tours and the wreath laying are free.

  • The wreath laying ceremony will be at John Logan Mausoleum at 10:00 am.
  • The cemetery tours will be at 10:45 am and 12:30 pm and tours last approximately 30-45 minutes

From the event page:

Registrants are asked to gather at the bandstand adjacent to President Lincoln’s Cottage 30 minutes prior to each scheduled event, so that Cottage staff can lead them over to the nearby Soldiers’ Home Cemetery.

President Lincoln’s Cottage is located at 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW.

Upcoming Events This Winter And Spring At President Lincoln’s Cottage

Although not in Brookland, one of our local gems worth checking out is nearby President Lincoln’s Cottage. The Cottage is the only public place where one can get a glimpse into Abraham Lincoln’s public and private life. Lincoln lived and worked for over a quarter of his presidency at the Cottage, where he visited wounded soldiers, spent time with self-emancipated former slaves, and wrote the Emancipation Proclamation. From their latest newsletter, here are some upcoming events that neighbors may find interesting:

  • On Friday, February 24th at 1:30 PM, join President Lincoln’s Cottage for the annual Black History Month Commemoration Program at the Armed Forces Retirement Home, featuring Cosby Hunt. Mr. Hunt is the Senior Teaching & Learning Officer at the Center for Inspired Teaching, and is also the course creator and instructor for Real World History . CLICK HERE for more information and to register for this free program.

  • On Thursday, April 13th, we’ll be hosting the 2017 Lincoln Ideas Forum. Stay tuned for event and speaker details.

  • On Thursday, April 20th, join us as author Jonathan White and Michael Bishop of the George Washington University’s National Churchill Library, discuss White’s book, Midnight in America: Darkness, Sleep, and Dreams During the Civil War. CLICK HERE for more info on the program and how to RSVP.
  • Save the date – Sunday May 7th- Bourbon and Bluegrass event.Stay tuned for details and information about tickets.

President Lincoln’s  Cottage is located on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home at 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW. You can follow them on Facebook and on Twitter.

Memorial Day Wreath Laying And Cemetery Tours At Old Soldiers Home And Lincoln’s Cottage

Lincoln cottage old soldiers home memorial day flagHere is a great way to commemorate Memorial Day- and just around the corner from Brookland. Sign up here for guided tours of the United States Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery and experience a wreath laying ceremony. The cemetery was visited by President Abraham Lincoln, and is notable for being the first national cemetery (est. 1861) and for serving as the final resting place for John Logan, who formalized Memorial Day celebrations in 1868. Both the tours and the wreath laying are free.

  • The wreath laying ceremony will be at John Logan Mausoleum at 10:00 am.
  • The cemetery tours will be at 10:45 am and 12:30 pm and tours last approximately 30-45 minutes

From the event page:

Registrants are asked to gather at the bandstand adjacent to President Lincoln’s Cottage 30 minutes prior to each scheduled event, so that Cottage staff can lead them over to the nearby Soldiers’ Home Cemetery.

President Lincoln’s Cottage is located at 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW.

President Lincoln’s Cottage Bourbon And Bluegrass Event Showcases Local Gem

Although not in Brookland, one of our local gems worth checking out is nearby President Lincoln’s Cottage. The Cottage is the only public place where one can get a glimpse into Abraham Lincoln’s public and private life. Lincoln lived and worked for over a quarter of his presidency at the Cottage, where he visited wounded soldiers, spent time with self-emancipated former slaves, and wrote the Emancipation Proclamation. Recently we attended the Cottage’s Bourbon And Bluegrass  annual event and enjoyed live bluegrass music, Woodford Reserve bourbon cocktails, lawn games, and stepped back in time to the historical roots of this great location. Check out the pics below. (The side show requires flash, if you can not see the  photos, open the folder on Flikr here.)

Shout out to local bluegrass musicians By & By and Ezra Deutsch-Feldman and  Rocklands Barbeque food truck for making it a great day.  (All proceeds from ticket purchases went toward the preservation efforts at President Lincoln’s Cottage.)

Check out Cottage tours here, upcoming events and programs here,  and follow them on Facebook and on Twitter. President Lincoln’s  Cottage is located on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home at 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW.

Evening Tours Of President Lincoln’s Cottage Tonight And Next Wednesday

Lincolns Cottage Evening Tours (photo credit Bruce Guthrie)
Lincolns Cottage Evening Tours (photo credit Bruce Guthrie)

Many thanks to Curtis for letting us know about special evening tours of nearby President Lincoln’s Cottage happening this Thursday, March 17, and next Wednesday, March 23, at 6:00 pm both days. The cottage was President Lincoln’s beloved summer home and where he developed the Emancipation Proclamation. The evening tour provides a different perspective for folks who have been before, and provides people an opportunity to see it for the first time if they have trouble coming during business hours during the week.

Each tour will last an hour and space is limited to 20 people per tour, so purchase your tickets now for this unique opportunity before they sell out. Check out the event page for more information and to purchase tickets.