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Clara Barton National Historic Site
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Apr 20, 2015 by: GNRMatt from Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
Located just outside of Washington, DC, the Clara Barton National Historic Site celebrates the life of the founder of the Red Cross. Clara Barton was an extraordinary woman, especially for her day. She defied conventional wisdom of the time of what a woman can and could not do. The site here was her home for the last 15 years of her life, and also served as the original headquarters of the Red Cross. Tours are available every hour, on the hour, from a National Park Ranger. While the house itself is mostly empty at this point (due to an attempt to have it restored), the stories you will hear are well worth the visit. In addition, if you're a collector of the National Park Passport Stamps, you'll find a stamp at the bookstore inside the house. You should note, that in order to get into the house, you'll need to ring the doorbell.
AMAZING WOMAN WHO LED CHANGE in AMERICA!
Dec 24, 2014 by: Lois C from Bethesda, Maryland
Loved learning from the park ranger about this extraordinary woman who led the US to deal with its military personnel during the civil war and who after the war, re-purposed the mission of the American Red Cross, an early NGO in our history, to address disaster relief and preparedness. Dealing with issues of gender discrimination and the lack of Congressional guidance for national non-governmental organizations, she was truely an ingenious problem-solver and tireless worker. Her home where she worked and died in the Glen Echo, MD area is a little known secret gem. It will close soon for much needed structural renovations but it should receive more prominence in the tourists' itinerary planning.
Great free historic site.
Oct 11, 2014 by: garrett t from silver
***Heavy renovations are coming to this site in 2015, so call ahead if you're visiting after fall 2014. Free parking and a free tour of Clara's house. Learn about why she moved to such a hole in the wall place and what she did there. Not a stunning house, but it does have some unusual features to it and Clara lived there a long time. Glen Echo park is a 5m walk away as well. Great side trip from DC if you have a car. Tour was about ~45m; they start on the hour. Unfortunately there is nearly nothing to do on the site while you are waiting for a tour to start.
Clara Barton's life and home found here
Sep 27, 2014 by: NancyP20147 from Ashburn, Virginia
Clara Barton organized the American Red Cross. That's all I knew before I walked in the door. The park ranger told us a lot more about her during the 45 minute presentation as well a providing information about the home she lived in for the last 15 years of her life. I went to see the house and was slightly disappointed with it but not in the story of this amazing woman. While there check out Glen Echo Park and the the fabulous merry-go-round.
History in the Park
Sep 01, 2014 by: MagicalTravels from Maryland
The architecture of Clara Barton's house is very interesting as are the artifacts in the house. The National Park Service provides free tours.
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