Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Family Day at President Lincoln's Cottage on Sept. 21: petting zoo, Civil War encampment, picnic, more

Chillin at the Old Soldiers' Home If you're interested in history, or just curious bouthe Armed Forces Retirement Home (aka the Old Soldiers' Home located just east of Park View and north of Howard University) check this out!

The Old Soldiers' Home is a big campus housing retired veterans, and it's been open since 1851 and has a lot of historic buildings and nice grounds, pictured here. It's usually closed to the public, so this is a rare opportunity!

I got a chance to visit it when they opened it for the 4th of July a couple of years ago (they opened it this 4th too) and it was really a nice, relaxing place.

Washington, D.C. – Join President Lincoln’s Cottage and the Armed Forces Retirement Home on Saturday, September 21st, 2013 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm and enjoy these grounds as the Lincoln family did! Family members of all ages will enjoy the live entertainment and activities inspired by the Lincoln family and their life at the Soldiers’ Home. Activities are free unless otherwise noted.

  • Explore a Civil War Encampment: View the 150th Pennsylvania Volunteers, better known as the Bucktails, who served as Lincoln's personal guards. 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Play at the Petting Zoo: Ride a pony, chase the peacocks, and play with animals at a petting zoo with Tad Lincoln's favorite pets. Pony rides are first come, first served. 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Arts and Crafts: Make cards for veterans and create your own top hat! 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Picnic on the Grounds: Locally-sourced caterers Eat and Smile will be on-site selling fresh salads and carnival favorites, like fried mac n' cheese and pulled pork sliders! Or pack your own picnic and enjoy lunch at the picnic tables or on the ample South Lawn.10:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Climb Sherman Tower: Enjoy spectacular views of Washington, DC from the top of the Sherman Tower. First tour, 10:30 am; last tour, 2:00 pm.
  • Live Music: Listen to Civil War-era songs performed by the Parlor Strings. 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • Meet the Author: Kent Boese, author of Park View, will host a book signing. 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.
  • Hear Civil War Stories: Watch a performance by FREED (Female RE-Enactors of Distinction) and learn about the experiences of African-American women during the Civil War. 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm.
  • Watch a Drill Team: A military drill team will perform their breath-taking routine. 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm.
  • Tour the Cottage: Enjoy a guided tour of the Lincoln family's seasonal retreat! Regular ticket prices apply; visit www.lincolncottage.org/tickets to purchase.* First tour, 10:00 am; last tour, 3:00 pm.
President Lincoln's Cottage at the Soldiers' Home is located on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home. Entrance to the Cottage is through the Eagle Gate, located at the intersection of Rock Creek Church Road and Upshur Street, NW. Driving: The approximate street address for GPS devices is 140 Rock Creek Church Rd, NW. Free parking is available on site. Metro: The Georgia Ave/Petworth station (Green and Yellow lines) is .8 miles away. The H8 bus line has a stop at the Eagle Gate.
Family Day is sponsored by President Lincoln's Cottage and the Armed Forces Retirement Home. Reservations are requested but not required. RSVP: www.lincolncottage.org/FamilyDay2013

*Advanced reservations for Cottage Tours are strongly recommended, as they do sell out. Tickets may be purchased on our website: www.lincolncottage.org/tickets

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