Frederick Douglass House ©Author Adventures

The Frederick Douglass House is at the corner of 15th and W in southeast Washington, DC. This portion of the District of Columbia has approximately 173,000 residents.

Douglass
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On ibiblio.org, you can read the full text of an eloquent autobiography, which was borne out of his emancipation from the extreme circumstances of slavery. We recommend it for upper high school and college students studying the US history of enslaved persons.

Tour the house and grounds, even if you have not read the book, as the life and wisdom of Frederick Douglass are important and inspirational for anyone who believes in freedom.

Schedule a tour reservation at least one day in advance online here: https://www.recreation.gov/ticket/facility/234636. All tours are guided, thanks to the National Park Service. It is not close to a Metro stop so it is best to arrive by car.

View of the Washington Monument and the Capitol from the Douglass House ©Author Adventures
Desk items of Douglass ©Author Adventures

The hilltop house rises above a long stairway up the front lawn. Below is where you check in for the tour and where you will find a theater showing a biographical film, a gift shop, and impressive artifacts from his life displayed in glass cases.

The house itself is a journey back in time with a far-reaching view of D.C. Most of the belongings exhibited in this three-story home were his everyday life items, including his walking canes, travel trunk, books, clothes, musical instruments, and original furnishings.

At the back of the property, at a great distance behind the house, is a small structure where Douglass spent private time reading, studying, and writing his thoughts.

Our short video about the Frederick Douglass homestead can be seen here: https://youtu.be/LyHJDe0Kvqs.

Douglass’s trunk used on his speaking tours ©Author Adventures

Frederick Douglass’s house is the final stop on our District of Columbia Trail.

Patricia Smart