The Landscape Architect’s Guide to

Washington, D.C.

Anacostia / Deanwood / Mahaning Heights

Frederick Douglass Historic Site

Cedar Hill, the historic Frederick Douglass estate located in the Historic Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, D.C., was purchased and named in 1877 by the freed slave, abolitionist, and famous orator after the abundance of cedar trees located on the original site. After years of neglect, the home became part of the National Park Service’s jurisdiction, restored over the years to its current condition, and opened to the public. Frederick Douglass was known as The Lion of Anacostia because of his courage and mane of hair. The history of the Frederick Douglass home is an important legacy for the Anacostia neighborhood and is celebrated throughout the surrounding community through annual festivals and educational youth outreach programs.

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