Frederick Douglass National Historic Site


From 1877 to 1895, this was the home of Frederick Douglass, the Nation's leading 19th-century African American spokesman. During the course of his remarkable life he escaped from slavery, became internationally renowned for his eloquence in the cause of liberty, and went on to serve the national government in several official capacities. Visitors to the site will learn more about his efforts to abolish slavery and his struggle for human rights, equal rights and civil rights for all oppressed people. The visitor center and grounds are open year-round with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day. Ranger led tours (the only way to see the house) are given daily. Hours are April 16 through October 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; October 16 through April 15, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.



Seasonality / Weather

Weather in the DC area is rather humid in the summer, but winters are usually mild. Snow and ice can affect traffic in the area. Call the park at (202) 426-5961 for current conditions.



From I-495/95 Beltway: Take Exit 3 north onto Indian Head highway (MD 210), which becomes South Capitol Street. Bear right onto Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. Turn right on W Street for four blocks. The visitor center parking lot will be on your right.

From the National Mall: Travel south on 9th Street to I-395 north. Exit onto I-295 south and cross the 11th Street Bridge. Exit onto Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. Turn left on W Street for four blocks. The visitor center parking lot will be on your right.

From I-295 South: Take exit 3B for Howard Road and turn left onto Howard Road. Turn left onto Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. Turn right onto W street, the site will be 4 blocks down on the right.


Three major airports link Washington, D.C. with the rest of the country and the world. Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Washington Dulles International Airport, and Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport all have limousine, taxi cab, or Metro services available that will connect with the National Mall.

Public Transport: 

By Metro: Get off at the Anacostia stop on the Green Line and take the B2 bus in the direction of Mt. Ranier. There is a bus stop directly in front of the Douglass home at the corner of 14th and W Streets. Continue along the sidewalk in the direction the bus is traveling until you reach the visitor center (15th and W Streets SE).

By Bus: The B2, 90, U2, 93, A42, A46, A48, P1, P2, and P6 all drop off within 2 blocks of the site.

On Foot/Bike: You can walk to the site (3/4 of a mile) from the metro. Get off at the Anacostia station and head towards the "busses" exit. Turn left after going through the turnstiles, then right on Howard Rd. Turn left at MLK Avenue, then right on W St. You can also walk/bike from downtown DC (3 miles) as the 11th St. Bridge has a sidewalk on it. Come over the bridge then take Good Hope Rd. away from the river. Turn right at 14th St and that will bring you to the site.