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Old Soldiers Home in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

U. S. Soldiers' Home

 
 
Soldiers' Home National Historic Landmark image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, April 26, 2008
1. Soldiers' Home National Historic Landmark
Inscription.  
U.S. Soldiers' Home
has been designated a
National
Historic Landmark

This site possesses national significance
in commemorating the history of the
United States of America

1974
National Park Service
United States Department of the Interior

 
Erected 1974.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: LandmarksMilitaryWar, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #16 Abraham Lincoln, and the National Historic Landmarks series lists.
 
Location. 38° 56.492′ N, 77° 0.654′ W. Marker is in Old Soldiers Home in Washington, District of Columbia. Marker can be reached from Grant Drive Northwest north of York Road Northwest, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 140 Rock Creek Church Rd NW, Washington DC 20011, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Memorial Day Order (approx. 0.2 miles
The "Sherman" Building. image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, April 26, 2008
2. The "Sherman" Building.
AFRH headquarters and one of the first dormitory buildings, constructed in 1851. It was originally known as the [Winfield] Scott Building. Architect, Barton Alexander.
away); Winfield Scott (approx. ¼ mile away); St. Paul's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); St. Paul's Episcopal (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Civil War Defenses of Washington (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine (approx. 0.4 miles away); Grant Circle was named in honor of Ulysses S. Grant (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Old Soldiers Home.
 
More about this marker. The marker is on the campus of the Armed Forces Retirement Home (the AFRH, formerly known as the "Soldiers'" or "Soldiers' and Airmen's" Home) whose main entrance is at Upshur and Rock Creek Church Rd, NW. It is just outside the main (south) entrance to the historic Sherman Building in the park which extends between Scott Road and Lincoln Drive NOrthwest.
 
Also see . . .
1. President Lincoln and Soldiers' Home NM. (Submitted on April 27, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. President Lincoln's Cottage. (Submitted on April 27, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Soldier's Home
The historic significance of the Soldiers' Home was officially recognized in 1974, when seven buildings built before the Civil War, along with six surrounding acres of land, were designated a National Historic Landmark by the Secretary of the Interior. This designation celebrated the role of the Soldiers' Home in the development of American military asylums and recognized
West side of President Lincoln's Cottage, Sherman Building at right. image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, April 26, 2008
3. West side of President Lincoln's Cottage, Sherman Building at right.
The "Cottage" was the Lincoln family's summer home, from which the President commuted to work at the White House (three miles to the south and nearly 300 feet closer to sea level) where a sweltering, tropical atmosphere prevailed during the summer months, 1861-64.
the site as the last remaining example of three original military asylums established in 1851. The National Historic Landmark includes buildings and grounds that are outside the area open to visitors of President Lincoln's Cottage.

On July 7, 2000, President William J. Clinton declared the Lincoln Cottage and 2.3 acres of surrounding land the President Lincoln and Soldiers' Home National Monument in honor of the site's notable role in the presidency of Abraham Lincoln. Despite the designation as a National Monument, the site is stewarded and operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a private, non-profit organization. The President Lincoln and Soldiers' Home National Monument is officially known as "President Lincoln's Cottage" today, but maintains its National Monument status.

Apparently, no exterior "National Monument" marker has been erected.
    — Submitted April 27, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.

 
Additional keywords. Veterans; Winfield Scott, founder; U.S. Military Asylum; U.S. Soldiers and Airmen's Home; Armed Forces Retirement Home; Sherman Building; President Lincoln's Cottage.
 
East side of President's Cottage, Sherman Building in rear of photo. image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, April 26, 2008
4. East side of President's Cottage, Sherman Building in rear of photo.
The cottage was originally constructed in 1842-43 as a home for the banking magnate, George W. Riggs. It was purchased along with the surrounding farmland to erect an "asylum for old and disabled veterans" in 1851.
"President Lincoln's Cottage at the Soldiers' Home." image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, April 28, 2008
5. "President Lincoln's Cottage at the Soldiers' Home."
Known at the turn of the 20th century as the "Anderson Cottage" (after Brevet Maj. Gen. Robert Anderson), the house was also used by Presidents Buchanan, Hayes and Arthur.
Robert H. Smith Education Center - Historic Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, April 26, 2008
6. Robert H. Smith Education Center - Historic Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
A museum dedicated to the Lincoln presidency (also, the starting point for tours of the nearby "Cottage"); located just inside the AFRH's main entrance.
Abraham Lincoln - sculpture by Studio EIS, Ivan Schwartz, founder and director image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, November 21, 2008
7. Abraham Lincoln - sculpture by Studio EIS, Ivan Schwartz, founder and director
- installed outside the President's Cottage, November 10, 2008.
Abraham Lincoln and his mount at the President's Cottage. image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, November 21, 2008
8. Abraham Lincoln and his mount at the President's Cottage.
"President Lincoln and Soldiers' Home National Monument."
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 26, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 2,491 times since then and 29 times this year. Last updated on February 19, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 26, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 27, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   7, 8. submitted on November 22, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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