Celebrate the District's Emancipation Day a few days early with a tour of Frederick Douglass' home and the surrounding grounds!
City of Trees author Melanie Choukas-Bradley will lead a tree tour at the historic Anacostia home of Frederick Douglass, renowned 19th century abolitionist and women’s rights advocate. The tree tour will immediately follow a 9:30 house tour of the Cedar Hill home where Douglass, who was born a slave on Maryland’s eastern shore, spent the happy and productive final years of his life.
The Douglass home is a National Park Service Historic Site and it overlooks the Anacostia River and the city of Washington. Many venerable trees grace the scenic property including several species of oaks and hickories, white ash, hackberry, and southern magnolia.
The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site is located at the corner of 15th Street SE and W Street SE. Parking and bike racks are available on site. Detailed driving and biking directions available here.
The closest Metro station is the Anacostia Metro Station, which is located on the Green Line. From the Anacostia Station, take the B2 bus in the direction of Mt. Ranier. There is a bus stop directly in front of the Douglass home, at the corner of 14th and W streets. Continue along the sidewalk in the direction the bus is traveling until you reach the visitor center. The B2, 90, U2, 93, A42, A46, A48, P1, P2, and P6 Metrobus all drop off within 2 blocks of the site. However, be aware that Metrorail and Metrobus schedules may vary on weekends and that weekend track work may affect travel.
We will meet at the visitors’ center at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site between 9 and 9:15 a.m. The house tour begins at 9:30 and there is a short climb up the hill from the visitors’ center before the tour.
Melanie Choukas-Bradley, author of City of Trees
Who Should Attend?
Open to the general public for anyone interested in learning about about the home of Frederick Douglass and some of the beautiful tree species found on the property.
This event will take place rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for the weather and wear a hat or sunscreen and bring water if it is a warm day. You may wish to bring a snack too. Please bring binoculars if you have them for looking up into the tall trees and seeing the spectacular views of the “City of Trees” from Cedar Hill.
The Douglass Home sits atop Cedar Hill. The home is reachable by taking 85 stairs or by using a long ramp. The first floor of the home is wheelchair accessible (after traveling up the ramp from the bottom of the hill). The second floor is only attainable by ascending a flight of stairs. Park staff will provide a photo tour of the second floor for any visitors unable to reach it.
Restrooms are available on site.
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