Lincoln's Cottage is the Civil War equivalent of a Summer White House and was where President Lincoln drafted and worked on the Emancipation Proclamation. The family had suffered the death of their eleven year old son Willie and his wife desperately wanted to take their other two sons out of Washington, DC and away from the White House so that they could have quiet time to grieve. Though it is only 3 miles away, back then that was a horse and carriage ride and of course things were not developed so it was through the woods. In other words far enough away for them to have the time away that they needed. Evidently back in those days, citizens could just walk up to the White House and ask to see the President. Can you even imagine that now?
The cottage is located on the grounds of what is now known as Armed Forces Retirement Home but used to known as the Old Soldier's Home, which was established in 1851. The campus and grounds are still active and are home to several hundred retired veterans. No photos were allowed inside so exterior shots it is. Once again, do click on the pics to make them larger - and the links so you can read more in depth about our wonderful country's history!
We had gotten a late start so after leaving the cottage we went to eat at a BBQ place called Hill Country. There are only two of these in the USA: one in New York City and one in Washington, DC. [Texas style BBQ in honor of all my TX bloggy peeps.) Oh my goodness, the BBQ was the bomb! They sell the items by the pound so we were able to buy 1 rib, a few slices of brisket, 1 sausage, etc. Once again we shared everything. We were absolutely delighted with the almost gallon-sized mason jars of iced tea LOL! We were hot and thirsty after our tour.
Then it was time to go have the first meetup with my Sparkpeople friends so we hurried back to Little Helen's apartment to get cleaned up and go off to Happy Hour! We met at Oya which is known for it's happy hour sushi rolls. At first I was skeptical but they actually do sushi rolls that have no fish and no seaweed. They were actually delicious. But more than that I got to meet up with two of my Sparkpeople friends who I haven't seen in 4 years.
It was a great reunion and we were having so much fun that I forgot to take a photo of the sushi rolls. What a great way to end my second day in DC!