President Lincoln’s Cottage opened Seat of War: A Panoramic View of Civil War Washington Through Historic Prints early this month in the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center at the Cottage. This exhibit illuminates President Lincoln’s Civil War Washington through historic prints from our collection. It will run through the holidays and close on January 15, 2012.
Civil War had arguably the greatest impact on Washington, DC of any single event in American history. Almost overnight, the seat of our nation’s government was transformed from a sleepy, southern town to the hub of the northern war effort, and was often referred to as the “Seat of War.” From views of the half finished Capitol dome to Lincoln’s intimate Soldiers’ Home retreat, this exhibit features our beautiful collection of prints, some of which are rarely displayed.The Cottage is a great place to visit with out of town family and guests! We will maintain our normal hours during the holidays (Mon-Sat: 9:30am-4:30pm; Sun: 10:30am-4:30pm) but we will be closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day. As always, be sure to check our website for updates, hours of operation, and other visitor information.