Cedar Hill was the Anacostia neighborhood home of famed orator, writer and abolitionist Frederick Douglass between 1878 and his death in 1895. Filled with gifts from famous friends like Abraham Lincoln and Harriet Beecher Stowe, one of the home’s most distinctive features is a series of paintings that depict Douglass’ European and American travels, as well as significant events in African-American history.
Family photos around the home reflect Douglass’ two marriages, one lasting 44 years to a black woman his own age, the other to a white women’s rights activist 20 years his junior. Thought to be bi-racial and the son of his own slave master, Douglass defined his two marriages as divided between the backgrounds of his own two parents.
From the Metrorail’s Anacostia station (serving the Green Line), take the B2 bus in the direction of Mt. Ranier. Disembark the bus at the stop directly in front of the Douglass home, at the corner of 14th and W Streets; continue one block to the visitor center at the corner of 15th Street. If you choose to drive, parking in the Douglass home’s lot is free of charge.