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Clara Barton National Historic Site
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Interesting and educating
Jan 25, 2014 by: Ben0844 from Mirabel, Qc
What a good choice we made of driving out of DC for a late afternoon visit at Clare Barton NHS. The story of that woman is impressive. The house is beautiful with period furnishing and the history attached to it is very interesting. The site is free to visit and includes a guided tour. The ranger was very knowledgeable and very interesting. We really love the tour. We learn a lot about Clara Barton and the American Red Cross. I highly recommend this short drive from DC to the Clara Barton NHS, you won't regret it.
Lovely site with free tour. Unfortunately dangerous pedestrian access from C&O Canal Trail crossing Clara Barton Pkwy.
Jan 18, 2014 by: patrickmeyer from Washington DC, District of Columbia
Really enjoyed the house. If you like history, architecture, and/or the Park Service, this is a must-see greater-DC area historical site. Not going to belabor the point since if you're looking at this page you're likely already interested in going. Do it! But I want to talk about pedestrian access from C&O Canal Trail: We tried walking there from the C&O Canal Trail. We thought that since the NPS administers the canal, the Clara Barton site, the adjacent Glen Echo park, AND the parkway that intersects the two that there would be a pedestrian friendly crossing. We were wrong. We left the canal directly adjacent to Clara Barton site, but getting from the canal path to Clara Barton site involves a quarter mile walk down what is essentially a highway and then scurrying across 5 lanes of said highway, and navigating around a very tight blind corner under a bridge with no shoulder. This is not a pedestrian friendly route. The ranger informed us that there is a better pedestrian route further north at Cabin John Pkwy but there were unfortunately no signs along the canal to inform that that is the preferred crossing point. Asked the park ranger if there are plans to build pedestrian access between the canal and the Clara Barton site and he said there were discussions about it many years ago and nothing ever came of it. I love the park service and have been to 130 sites nationwide, but I was quite disappointed that the NPS hasn't built better pedestrian access between C&O and Clara Barton/Glen Echo. At a very minimum the NPS should put signs along the C&O indicating the best route to Clara Barton. That being said, this is still a 4/5 attraction and is recommended. Do try getting there on foot and be careful of the traffic on the parkway!
A great woman
Nov 24, 2013 by: Helena G from Washington DC, District of Columbia
We were passing by and we decided to stop to learn a bit more about Clara Barton. The ranger and the girl that was volunteering were very nice and gave us lots of info. There are lots of nice details about the house and Clara Barton's life. If you are passing by I would recommend a detour. This was the first NPS site devoted to a woman and still one of the few.
Lovely tour of an important site
Sep 20, 2013 by: Ellen M from Odenton, Maryland
Visited recently on a tour with about 30 adults. Wonderful furnishings and very informative guided tour. Ranger-led tours are scheduled once per hour and only half our group could visit at one time; the other half visited Glen Echo and then we swapped. Permission to take flash photos much appreciated!
Tired of the DC crowds? Inspire your girls & yourself and learn about Clara Barton
Sep 02, 2013 by: BPinMEFL from NW Florida
The Clara Barton house was the highlight of our last DC trip! In cool, quiet Glen Echo, MD, next to the old Glen Echo amusement park on MacArthur Blvd and the C&O Canal and towpath along the Potomac River, the 1890 house is a National Park Service gem. Built for the remarkable Clara Barton - teacher, Civil War nurse, founder of the American Red Cross - to be her home and headquarters of the ARC. Catch a free tour, given hourly between 10:00 & 4:00 daily, and hope to be on one given by young volunteer, Clara. This amazing teenager gives a tour to rival the best park rangers! She really made us proud to know our country still has fine young people who give so much talent to their community. The parking lot is shared with the old amusement park which is now a youth and artist gathering place. There are interesting displays, a beautiful 1921 Dentzel carousel (operated on weekends), and nice clean restrooms in a shady wooded glen. On the other side of the park is the Irish Inn, a popular restaurant that I can recommend for lunch.
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