President Lincoln’s Cottage

President Lincoln’s Cottage

Unique Venue Features

  • Runner-Up: Scenic Backdrop
  • Best of Awards - Unique Venues

Event Types Welcomed

  • Adult Social Events
  • Corporate Social Events
  • Family Reunions
  • Professional Meeting / Training / Conference / Retreats
  • Wedding Ceremonies
  • Wedding Receptions


President Lincoln’s Cottage offers memorable event and meeting spaces for 10 — 750 people. Our various indoor spaces can accommodate meetings up to 40 people, dinners up to 120 and receptions up to 250. Our expansive lawn can be tented for gatherings of up to 1,500. Located in the trendy Petworth neighborhood of Northwest Washington, D.C. near DuPont and Logan Circles, President Lincoln’s Cottage is just 15-minute ride from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Located on a picturesque hilltop on the grounds of the historic Soldiers’ Home, President Lincoln’s Cottage offers a unique and inspiring setting for special events. During the Civil War, the president used this beloved home for important meetings, entertaining, and developing nation-changing documents such as the Emancipation Proclamation. Our events team will connect you to award winning, professional vendors and assist in your event coordination. Our museum team will be onsite to answer guest’s questions about the rich history of the campus. A National Monument and National Historic Landmark, our site offers 24-hour security, free onsite parking and exclusivity.

We invite you to book your event with us. Our team promises to help you through a smooth coordination process to ensure that your event is a success. The unique beauty and historical relevance of the Cottage is sure to impress your guests and provide a one-of-a-kind Washington, DC experience for local and out of town visitors alike. Think of us as your secret sure to “wow” your guests.

We Offer:

  • Ample free parking
  • Gated and guarded property
  • Handicap accessibility
  • Discounts for non-profit and government groups
  • Internet and multimedia presentation capabilities

Our Event & Meeting Spaces:
President Lincoln’s Cottage
Perfect for receptions and dinners, this 34 room Gothic Revival-style mansion features a collection of inviting drawing rooms and parlors and their adjoining outdoor spaces on the first floor and airy second floor spaces including the Lincoln Bedroom where Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation.
Capacity: 120 seated/250 standing reception

Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center
This magnificent Beaux-Arts styled building features an impressive atrium, beautiful turn of the century tile floors, and hand carved oak woodwork. Perfect for dinners or receptions paired with tours of the Cottage.
Capacity: 50 seated/100 standing reception

Lawns (Visitor Education Center Lawn, Cottage North Lawn and South Lawn)
Perfect for corporate field days or a seasonal gala our three lawn spaces offer lush gardens and historic views for the perfect backdrop! Tents may be reserved separately by our exclusive tenting provider, Sugarplum Tent Company. Lawn rentals can be combined with an indoor space rental.
Capacity: up to 1,500

Group Program Room
Located on the garden level of the Robert H. Smith Visitor Center, the Group Program Room is ideal for comfortable meetings, working lunches, classroom style workshops and leadership retreats. This room features private restrooms, a private entrance, dual screen technology with logitech web cam capabilities and accessibility to green space.
Meeting/Retreat Capacity: 40 guests

Program Gallery
Located on the main floor of the Robert H. Smith Visitor Center, the Program Gallery is an ideal space for both casual meetings and corporate retreats featuring a wall-mounted monitor with wireless microcomputer, WiFi and large windows for natural light.
Meeting/Retreat Capacity: 24 guests

For more inforamtion, please review our Special Events Brochure.

We invite you to visit the site for a private walkthrough at your convenience. Come see what makes this place so special!

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Meeting & Event Spaces

  • Max Capacity: 1500 guests
  • Largest Classroom Style: 40
  • Largest Theatre Style: 250

Featured Amenities

  • Accessible Facilities
  • Bus - Shuttle, Public Bus Access Bus
  • Outdoor Space
  • Paid Parking
  • Taxi
  • Theater Seating
  • WiFi

Venue Location + Transportation


AFRH-W Box 558,
3700 North Capitol Street NW,
Washington, District of Columbia 20011


  • BusBus
  • LyftLyft
  • MetroMetro
  • TaxiTaxi
  • UberUber

Nearby Airport

  • Reagan National, Dulles International, Baltimore Washington-International - 20 minutes

Nearby International Airport

  • Reagan National, Dulles International, Baltimore Washington-International - 20 minutes


  • Onsite Parking: Yes

Things to Know


  • Must Use In-house Catering: No
  • External Catering Allowed: Yes


– Internet Access
– Dual screen technology with logitech web cam capabilities (Group Program Room only)
– Projector and screen

  • Guest Wi-Fi: Free
  • Onsite Tech Support: No
  • Wi-Fi in meeting space: Yes
  • Equipment Available On-Site:
    • Projector Screen

Venue Policies

  • Alcohol Consumption: Yes
  • Cannabis Industry-Friendly: No
  • Cannabis Consumption: No
  • ADA Accessible: Yes
  • Family Friendly: Yes