On Tuesday, June 5, 2012, the entrance to President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home will change to the Randolph Street gate.
Construction on the new traffic pattern at our normal entrance, Eagle Gate, will take place until November 2012, at which point Eagle Gate will be reopened and will continue as the sole entrance to the property.
For questions or concerns, please call our Museum Store at (202) 829-0436 x31231.
Directions to President Lincoln’s Cottage via the Randolph Street Gate:
Enter “300 Randolph Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20011” to map the approximate location of the Randolph Gate entrance. This is not an official street or mailing address, but is close to the intersection of Rock Creek Church Road NW and Randolph Street NW.
RAIL: Georgia Avenue/Petworth (Green & Yellow Lines) is 0.5 miles from Randolph Street Gate and is the closest metro station to President Lincoln’s Cottage.
BUS: The H8 Metro Bus stops at “Rock Creek Church Rd NW and Third Street NW” one block before the Randolph Street Gate entrance. After exiting the bus, continue up the hill, and the gate will be on your right.
BIKE: Rent a bike from Capital Bike Share, at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Rock Creek Church Road, across from the metro station. On your bike, follow Rock Creek Church Road to Randolph Street Gate (about a 0.5 miles).
TIP: Most bus and rail employees are not familiar with specific tourist attractions along their routes. They will need to know the line, route, and stop you are looking for in order to assist you rather than the name of the site. When in doubt, contact our staff for support (202)-829-0436 x31231.
Driving from Downtown DC:
Drive north on North Capitol Street for approximately 3.2 miles. You will see the Soldiers’ Home National Cemetery on your left. At the bottom of the hill, turn left onto Allison Street. Continue onto Rock Creek Church Road, NW. Turn left into the gate at the intersection of Rock Creek Church Road and Randolph Street.
Drive north on 14th Street NW or Georgia Avenue NW (but not 16th Street). Turn right on Randolph Street NW. Randolph Street terminates at the gate to the Armed Forces Retirement Home; continue through the gate.
Driving from Maryland:
Take I-495 to Georgia Avenue southbound exit. Travel approximately 5.3 miles south on Georgia Avenue NW (you’re getting close when you pass Upshur, Taylor and Shepherd Streets). Turn left on Randolph Street NW opposite the Wendy’s. Randolph Street terminates at the gate to the Armed Forces Retirement Home; continue through the gate.
Driving from Virginia:
Take I-66 eastbound to Constitution Avenue NW. Turn left on 18th Street NW. Turn right on H Street NW. Turn left on 14th Street NW. Turn right on Randolph Street NW. Randolph Street terminates at the gate to the Armed Forces Retirement Home; continue through the gate.
Tip for Cabs:
State to your driver that you’re going to the Armed Forces Retirement Home (aka “Old Soldiers’ Home”) campus, Randolph Street entrance. Do not let your driver go to 3700 N. Capitol Street–it is not an entrance. Please use common sense: never get into a cab with a driver that is uncertain about where he or she is going. We cannot be held responsible for cab drivers who get lost.
For more information, please visit our website at http://www.lincolncottage.org.