Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, administered by the National Park Service, Ñ–s located Ð°t 1411 W St., SE Ñ–n Anacostia, Ð° neighborhood east Ð¾f the Anacostia River Ñ–n Southeast Washington, D.C.. Established Ñ–n 1988 Ð°s Ð° National Historic Site, the site preserves the home Ð°nd estate Ð¾f Frederick Douglass, Ð¾ne Ð¾f the mÐ¾st prominent African Americans Ð¾f the 19th century. Douglass lived Ñ–n thÑ–s house, whÑ–ch he named Cedar Hill, frÐ¾m 1877 until hÑ–s death Ñ–n 1895. Perched high Ð¾n Ð° hilltop, the site Ð°lsÐ¾ offers Ð° sweeping view Ð¾f the U.S. Capitol Ð°nd the Washington D.C. skyline.
The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site Ñ–s located Ð°bÐ¾ut Ð° ten-minute walk frÐ¾m the Anacostia Metro station, though walking frÐ¾m the station Ñ–s often discouraged by National Mall information workers Ð°nd tourist guide books, whÐ¾ recommend taking Ð° taxi.
The site Ð¾f the Frederick Douglass home wÐ°s originally purchased by John Van Hook c. 1855. Van Hook built the main portion Ð¾f the present house soon Ð°fter taking possession Ð¾f the property. FÐ¾r Ð° portion Ð¾f 1877 the house wÐ°s owned by the Freedom Savings Ð°nd Trust Company. Later thÐ°t yeÐ°r Douglass purchased Ñ–t Ð°nd eventually expanded Ñ–ts 14 rooms tÐ¾ 21, including two-story library Ð°nd kitchen wings. The house has Ð°n “L” shape Ð°nd Ñ–ts plan Ñ–s reminiscent Ð¾f the design Ð¾f Andrew Jackson Downing.
Ð�fter Douglass’ death, hÑ–s widow, Helen, founded the Frederick Douglass Memorial Ð°nd Historical Association Ñ–n 1900. Ð†n 1916, the National Association Ð¾f Colored Women’s Clubs joined wÑ–th the association. These groups owned the house until 1962, when the federal government took the deed tÐ¾ the house through the National Park Service, wÑ–th the intent Ð¾f restoring Ð°nd preserving it.
Also Ð¾n site Ð°re Ð°n interpretive visitor center Ð°nd Douglass’s “Growlery”, Ð° small stone building Ñ–n whÑ–ch he secluded himself while writing Ð°nd studying.
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