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Anacostia in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Frederick Douglass's Rustic Retreat

Frederick Douglass National Historic Site

 

—National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —

 
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By Devry Becker Jones, March 10, 2019
1. Frederick Douglass's Rustic Retreat Marker
Inscription.  Where do you go when you do not want to be disturbed? Frederick Douglass came to this tiny stone cabin that he called the Growlery. Coined by Charles Dickens, the word "Growlery" literally means a place to growl.

Douglass kept his Growlery simply furnished with a desk, stool, and couch. He retreated here to do some of his deep thinking, reading, and writing in seclusion.

The structure in front of you is a reconstruction. IT was rebuilt in 1891 on the Growlery's exact location using materials salvaged from the original building.

(Caption)
The Growlery around 1893.
An orchard once stood behind it.
 
Erected by National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 
Location. 38° 51.773′ N, 76° 59.112′ W. Marker is in Anacostia, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from W Street Southeast east of 14th Street Southeast, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1411 W Street Southeast, Washington DC 20020, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
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By Devry Becker Jones, March 10, 2019
2. Frederick Douglass's Rustic Retreat Marker
The Growlery is in the background.
(within shouting distance of this marker); The Sage of Anacostia (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Uniontown, DC's First Suburb (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mother Churches and Their Daughters (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rose's Row (approx. ¼ mile away); Education Matters (approx. ¼ mile away); Transit and Trade (approx. ¼ mile away); The Big Chair (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Anacostia.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 11, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 10, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 10, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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