Participants of the First Annual Washington Informer African American Heritage Tour posed for a picture in front of the White House in Northwest on Sat., Feb. 12. The tour started at THEARC in Southeast. From there, buses transported participants to the Frederick Douglass home in historic Anacostia and onto the White House and the Freedman’s Bank Northwest. The last stop along the tour was Lincoln Park on Capitol Hill in Southeast. Frederick Douglass, a Republican, frequented the White House when he served as an advisor to several presidents including Abraham Lincoln. / Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah
High on a hilltop in Anacostia is a 160-year-old estate that was once owned by the late abolitionist, Frederick Douglass. It offers one of the most breathtaking, panoramic views in all of Washington, D.C.
Hovering high above the Anacostia River , which zigzags south into the Potomac, and across the street from a quaint, chartreuse, Victorian-style home to the East, Douglass’s home, Cedar Hill, continues to attract D.C. sightseers east of the river.
The pale khaki-green, two-story, brick home is capped with a terracotta-colored tin roof and nestles up to a giant, waxy-leaved magnolia tree located on its eastside. A variety of other conifers and hardwood trees, including cedars, spatter the landscape around it. A redbrick staircase, which starts at street level, climbs up to a redbrick sidewalk on the top of the hill, and then proceeds to wrap around the entire house. Flower-embroidered, white-lace curtains hang in the windows.