Old Soldiers Home in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home
—A National Trust Historic Site —
President Lincoln and his family lived in this country home for over a quarter of his presidency. Escorted by his cavalry guard, Lincoln rode to the White House every morning either on horseback or by carriage, and returned here each evening to rejoin his family and friends, meet with visitors and colleagues and reflect on military strategy and emancipation. This sculpture captures a moment in his daily life during those years.
Dedicated February 12, 2009 in recognition of the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln's birth.
Made possible by the generosity of Robert H. Smith.
Sculpture by Studio EIS, Brooklyn, NY
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
Location. 38° 56.51′ N, 77° 0.704′ W. Marker is in Old Soldiers Home, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker can be reached from Lincoln Drive, NW east of Rock Creek Church Road, NW. Touch for map. Marker is on the lawn off the circle drive at the north side entrance to the President's Cottage, east of the main entrance to the Armed Forces Retirement Home compound which is at the intersection of Rock Creek Church Road and Upshur Street, NW.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. U. S. Soldiers' Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Memorial Day Order (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Paul's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Winfield Scott (approx. 0.3 miles away); St. Paul's Episcopal (approx. 0.3 miles away); Grant Circle (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine (approx. half a mile away); Fort Totten (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Old Soldiers Home.
More about this marker. Built initially in 1843 by the banker George Washington Riggs as a summer cottage for his family, it was a part of the first parcel acquired by the U.S. Military Asylum. Renamed Anderson Cottage for co-founder Major Robert Anderson it housed the first residents of the home. It is now known as President Lincoln's Cottage. The brick house has a stucco exterior.
Also see . . .
1. President Lincoln's Cottage at the Soldiers' Home. (Submitted on September 22, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. President Lincoln and Soldiers' Home National Monument. (Submitted on September 22, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
3. Soldiers' Home. Discussion of the activities of the President while he stayed at the Soldiers' Home cottage. (Submitted on September 23, 2009, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Additional keywords. Ivan Schwartz (Studio EIS founder and director); Anderson Cottage.
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • Government • Notable Places • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 29, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 22, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,815 times since then and 5 times this year. Last updated on February 19, 2012, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 22, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.