The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington D.C. is dedicated to preserving the legacy of this famous 19th century African American. Douglass was born into slavery in Maryland in 1818, named Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey. Twenty years later he made his escape to freedom, after working as a ship’s caulker in Baltimore. He lectured throughout the U.S. and England, speaking eloquently on the brutality and immorality of slavery. As a stationmaster on the Underground Railroad, Douglass helped hundreds of other slaves escape to freedom through Rochester, NY, where he lived. Ninety percent of the furnishings in the house are original from Douglass's time. Reservations are necessary to visit Cedar Hill.