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Clara Barton National Historic Site
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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.
Aug 06, 2013 by: mdcwa from Olympia, WA
This is the home of Clara Barton. The tour lasts for about 45 minutes. There is no fee for the tour. You wait on the front porch of the home until the National Park Service guide comes for you on the hour. The last tour starts at 4PM. It is interesting to see how the building was used as a store house for supplies and how they were hidden so as not to be seen when it was used as a home. Photos are allowed inside the home. Well worth a visit.
Charming historic site
Jul 29, 2013 by: lesbaldy from Cabin John
We always take out of town guests to see this small site in our neighborhood. This was the original headquarters of the Red Cross and home to Clara Barton and has been preserved much as it originally looked, with furnishings from the mid 1800s. Park Service staff give tours every hour on the hour. It is free. Older kids who have studied the Civil War and have an interest in history will find it interesting. There is a small shop with books and souvenirs. Combine it with a visit to the adjacent Glen Echo Park where your kids (and you) can ride the historic carousel on summer weekends. Go on a mild day - there is no A/C and upstairs is very hot.
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