Douglass Purchases Cedar Hill House

Frederick Douglass purchased his final home in 1877, and named it Cedar Hill.

He expanded the house from 14 to 21 rooms (including a china closet), and purchase additional land to expand its acreage. Cedar Hill is located at 1411 W Street, S.E. in Washington (Anacostia), DC. Ninety percent of the furnishings at Cedar Hill are original from Douglass' time, excepting in particular the wall, floor and window coverings. Numerous items from among Douglass' personal possessions are on display, and the home is decorated with many reminders of his reformist career and of his fellow reformers.

The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, administered by the National Park Service, is located at 1411 W St., SE in Anacostia, a neighborhood east of the Anacostia River in Southeast Washington, D.C.. Established in 1988 as a National Historic Site, the site preserves the home and estate of Frederick Douglass, one of the most prominent African Americans of the nineteenth century. Douglass lived in this house, which he named Cedar Hill, from 1877 until his death in 1895. Perched high on a hilltop, the site also offers a sweeping view of the U.S. Capitol and the Washington D.C. skyline.