Clara Barton National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service)

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The Clara Barton National Historic Site was established in 1974 to interpret the life of Clara Barton (1821–1912), founder of the American Red Cross. The site is located 2 miles northwest of Washington D.C. in Glen Echo, Maryland. The first national historic site dedicated to the accomplishments of a woman, it preserves the early history of the American Red Cross and illustrates Clara Barton's dedication and concern for those less fortunate than herself. She dedicated her life and energies to help others in times of need - both home and abroad, in peacetime as well as during military emergencies. Clara Barton spent the last 15 years of her life in her Glen Echo home until her death in April 1912.

Operating as usual

12/24/2018

During the federal government shutdown, we will not monitor or update social media. Clara Barton National Historic Site is closed.

The Clara Barton National Historic Site will resume interpretive tours of the house beginning this Friday. Guided tours ...
10/25/2018

The Clara Barton National Historic Site will resume interpretive tours of the house beginning this Friday. Guided tours of the unfurnished house will occur at the top of every hour on Fridays and Saturdays between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Please call (301) 320-1400 if you plan to bring a group of 12 individuals or more.

04/15/2015

It is with great sadness the staff of Clara Barton National Historic Site share news of the passing of Elizabeth Brown Pryor, author of Clara Barton Professional Angel. Ms. Pryor's biography of Clara Barton is read by all new staff and is an inspiration for truly understanding the events of Clara Barton's incredible life. Ms. Pryor's research was based extensively on the original writings from the Clara Barton Manuscript collection and the writings of Miss Barton's contemporaries. A labor of love, she brought Miss Barton to life through the narrative on her writings. We are deeply indebted to her for giving Miss Barton's legacy to us is such a complete way, we have used her work as a reference for nearly every program and special event hosted at Clara Barton NHS. Ms. Pryor had also shared her knowledge as a guest speaker during several special events at Clara Barton NHS over the years. It was always an honor hear her speak. Her tragic and unexpected death has deeply sadden us. We express our condolences to her family and friends.

03/30/2015

The hours of operations for Clara Barton NHS have changed. Currently tours are available on Saturdays at 11:00, Noon, 2:00 and 3:00 and on Sundays at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00. Group reservations are accepted for Wednesdays and Thursdays by calling 301-320-1400 to schedule. This is in preparation for the upcoming renovation project and when the schedule changes, new information will be posted.

03/23/2015

Upcoming this week, Ranger Kevin Patti will be hosting Women’s History Month programs on Wednesday and Saturday.
Attend a presentation and learn the remarkable story of the Civil War heroine and founder of the American Red Cross, Clara Barton.

March 25 at 7:00 p.m. - Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library, (202) 671-3121
March 28 at 10:00 a.m. - Southeast Neighborhood Library, (202) 698-3377

03/16/2015

In celebration of Women’s History Month, March 2015, Park Service Ranger Kevin Patti will host a program on March 18th entitled, "Clara Barton - An American Life."

1:00 p.m. - Palisades Neighborhood Library, (202) 282-3139

Attend a presentation and learn the remarkable story of the Civil War heroine and founder of the American Red Cross, Clara Barton.

Programs are free! For more info, please visit www.dclibrary.gov or call Clara Barton National Historic Site at 301-320-1410.

More programs upcoming!

03/12/2015

The hours of operations for Clara Barton NHS have changed. Currently tours are available on Saturdays at 11:00, Noon, 2:00 and 3:00 and on Sundays at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00. Group reservations are accepted for Wednesdays and Thursdays by calling 301-320-1400 to schedule. This is in preparation for the upcoming renovation project and when the schedule changes, new information will be posted.

03/08/2015

In celebration of Women’s History Month, March 2015, presentations will be featured at Washington, D.C. public libraries. Attend a presentation and learn the remarkable story of the Civil War heroine and founder of the American Red Cross, Clara Barton.

Later this week-
Clara Barton - Between the Bullet and the Battlefield
March 11 at 7:00 p.m. - Takoma Park Neighborhood Library, (202) 576-7252

Later this month-
Clara Barton - An American Life
March 18 at 1:00 p.m. - Palisades Neighborhood Library, (202) 282-3139

Clara Barton - Between the Bullet and the Battlefield
March 25 at 7:00 p.m. - Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library, (202) 671-3121
March 28 at 10:00 a.m. - Southeast Neighborhood Library, (202) 698-3377

These free, 45-minute programs will be presented by National Park Service Ranger Kevin Patti. For more information, please visit www.dclibrary.gov or call Clara Barton National Historic Site at 301-320-1410.

03/04/2015

The hours of operations for Clara Barton NHS have changed. Currently tours are available on Saturdays at 11:00, Noon, 2:00 and 3:00 and on Sundays at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00. Group reservations are accepted for Wednesdays and Thursdays by calling 301-320-1400 to schedule. This is in preparation for the upcoming renovation project and when the schedule changes, new information will be posted.

03/01/2015

In celebration of Women’s History Month, March 2015, presentations will be featured at Washington, D.C. public libraries. Attend the presentation and learn the remarkable story of the Civil War heroine and founder of the American Red Cross, Clara Barton.

Clara Barton - An American Life
March 18 at 1:00 p.m. - Palisades Neighborhood Library, (202) 282-3139

Clara Barton - Between the Bullet and the Battlefield
March 11 at 7:00 p.m. - Takoma Park Neighborhood Library, (202) 576-7252
March 25 at 7:00 p.m. - Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library, (202) 671-3121
March 28 at 10:00 a.m. - Southeast Neighborhood Library, (202) 698-3377

These free, 45-minute programs will be presented by National Park Service Ranger Kevin Patti. For more information, please visit www.dclibrary.gov or call Clara Barton National Historic Site at 301-320-1410.

Congratulations to Volunteer Daniel Elias for twenty years of dedicated service at Clara Barton National Historic Site. ...
12/19/2014

Congratulations to Volunteer Daniel Elias for twenty years of dedicated service at Clara Barton National Historic Site. Dan signed up as a volunteer in December of 1994. He attended the fall evening open house that year and found Clara Barton's story inspiring. At the time he signed up, he did not know how long he would stay with us and here we are twenty years later. Dan has provided wonderful guided tours and insightful stories about Clara Barton's life for thousands of Clara Barton NHS visitors and is a valuable member of the National Park Service's Volunteer Staff. When he has time away from his day job, he is a dedicated NPS visitor and Passport to Your Parks Collector. With only 7 sites left to visit, Dan will have visited all the NPS sites, until we get more. (Yes, he has been to Guam's War in the Pacific NHP and Gates of the Arctic NP - American Samoa is coming up) With deepest appreciation we thank Dan for these past twenty years and look forward to twenty more with him.

Moving day has come and gone, the historic collection and furnishings are in storage and the house is open for tours.  P...
11/19/2014

Moving day has come and gone, the historic collection and furnishings are in storage and the house is open for tours. Posters now display how Clara Barton used her home as headquarters of the American Red Cross. It is still an inspiring site to visit and the hourly tours focus on Clara Barton's incredible achievements. The site will remain open on a regular schedule, providing it does not snow, until the end of 2014.

Remember, we're just days away from the big furniture move! Clara Barton NHS will close temporarily Oct. 27 - 31, 2014 a...
10/24/2014

Remember, we're just days away from the big furniture move! Clara Barton NHS will close temporarily Oct. 27 - 31, 2014 as larger pieces of furniture from the museum collection are packed and removed from the house. In order to use hand trucks in the house, the rugs have been removed and Masonite sheets cover the original wood floors in the center hall.

Getting closer to the big move!  Chairs from the museum collection all wrapped up and ready for transport.
10/15/2014

Getting closer to the big move! Chairs from the museum collection all wrapped up and ready for transport.

This baby Black Ratsnake, was looking for a warm place to hide in the Clara Barton NHS basement today.  It was not very ...
10/10/2014

This baby Black Ratsnake, was looking for a warm place to hide in the Clara Barton NHS basement today. It was not very happy about being placed into a cardboard box, but seemed content when placed in the sunny patch of ivy behind the house

Between mid-October and November 2014, Clara Barton National Historic Site will experience temporary weekday closures to...
10/01/2014

Between mid-October and November 2014, Clara Barton National Historic Site will experience temporary weekday closures to the public. The site will remain open the week of October 6 – 10 and weekends.

The site will be closed for up to seven business days to allow for the packing and moving of the historic museum collection. Smaller museum objects are currently being packed while the site is open. The larger furnishings will be moved during the temporary closure. After the move is completed the site will re-open for tours on the hour, but the rooms will be un-furnished. This is in preparation for major renovations scheduled for 2015.

Additional information will be announced as available. During this time period, please contact the site before planning a visit by calling 301-320-1410.

Ranger Susan was out photographing the grounds around Clara Barton NHS on a beautiful fall day.  Hope you enjoy the fadi...
09/17/2014

Ranger Susan was out photographing the grounds around Clara Barton NHS on a beautiful fall day. Hope you enjoy the fading blooms of these Black Eye Susans (the state flower of Maryland). See if you can find the creature that photobombed the picture! Hint it is very hard to find, well hidden and only popped up it's face as the photograph was snapped. Answer posted here in a few days.

Glen Echo Park (U.S. National Park Service)
08/07/2014

Glen Echo Park (U.S. National Park Service)

Today is Ranger Vanessa Smiley's last day! She has been an integral part of the interpretative staff at both Glen Echo and Clara Barton National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service) since 2010! Vanessa is moving on to Morristown National Historical Park as their new Chief of Interpretation. If you see her around the park today, make sure to offer congratulations and thank her for all her hard work!

Did you know that yesterday was #MuseumCat Day?? We're a day late but we wanted to share our own #MuseumCat - this here ...
07/31/2014

Did you know that yesterday was #MuseumCat Day?? We're a day late but we wanted to share our own #MuseumCat - this here is Tommy, who held a special place in Clara Barton's heart. She described him as her faithful friend of 17 years. This portrait of Tommy was done in 1885 and today it is still hanging in the house.

Clara Barton: recycling building materials before it was cool.Check out this very nice post from our friends and neighbo...
07/31/2014

Clara Barton: recycling building materials before it was cool.

Check out this very nice post from our friends and neighbors at the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park! It discusses how building materials used during the Johnstown Flood relief efforts, led by Barton and the American Red Cross, were eventually transported via the C&O Canal to be used in the construction of an all-in-one building in Glen Echo, MD: a warehouse, first permanent headquarters for the ARC, and Barton's home.

Not only are we neighbors, but as this post explains, we have a connected history that will forever link our two parks.

CLARA BARTON AND THE C&O:

On May 31, 1889, heavy rains caused a dam on the outskirts of Johnstown, PA to burst. The dam’s failure unleashed a wall of water, which destroyed the city and took the lives of over 2,000 of its residents. The same storm that wrought havoc on Johnstown caused substantial flooding along the C&O Canal, and damaged several structures, including the Georgetown Inclined Plane, beyond repair.

Over the next few months, Clara Barton and members of her newly formed organization, the American Red Cross, tended to the wounded and homeless citizens of Johnstown. As president of the American Red Cross, Barton saw to it that the city received $200,000 in supplies and $39,000 in cash, so that it might be able to rebuild.[1]

Two years later, pieces of lumber from American Red Cross emergency buildings in Johnstown were shipped to Cumberland. From there, they were carried down the C&O Canal by barge.[2] Before long, the lumber arrived in Glen Echo. In a peaceful, wooded site just north of Lock 7, it was used to construct the new headquarters of the American Red Cross. Barton moved into the headquarters in 1897, and spent her last 15 years alongside the canal, where she continued to run an organization that brought lifesaving aid to wounded soldiers and disaster victims across the globe. (ds)

[1] Clara Barton National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service),http://www.nps.gov/clba/index.htm

[2] “National Survey of Historic Sites and Buildings: Clara Barton House,”http://pdfhost.focus.nps.gov/docs/NHLS/Text/66000037.pdf

Our friends over at the Clara Barton's Missing Soldiers Office were visited today by Ranger Christopher Barr from Anders...
07/13/2014

Our friends over at the Clara Barton's Missing Soldiers Office were visited today by Ranger Christopher Barr from Andersonville National Historic Site! Between our three sites, we've amassed quite a large amount of information and research on Clara Barton and the work she did during and immediately after the American Civil War. Ranger Barr himself has done a significant amount of research as it relates to Andersonville and we hope one day he stops by and visits the Clara Barton house to swap stories!

Our Visitor of the Day was Christopher Barr! He is a park guide at Andersonville National Historic Site and has done a lot of research on Dorence Atwater and he wanted to see the office which he was so integral to. Atwater was the author of the Andersonville 'Death List' that helped Clara in her search for and identification of missing men (check out our blog for more on his story). Christopher has lately been doing research on Henry Wirz, the commander of Andersonville. So glad you could stop by!

Yay! When we developed this program several years ago, this was exactly what we were hoping for: kids (and their parents...
07/12/2014

Yay! When we developed this program several years ago, this was exactly what we were hoping for: kids (and their parents!) following in Clara Barton's footsteps to learn about her work during the Civil War.

We had some young visitors at our main museum, the National Museum of Civil War Medicine with their Traveling Clara Barton Pages! This is a great way for kids to learn about Clara Barton and the Civil War by following in her footsteps and visiting our Missing Soldiers Office, Antietam National Battlefield, Andersonville National Historic Site, Clara Barton National Historic Site (U.S. National Park Service), Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields National Military Park, and the Fairfax Station Railroad Museum! Once they collect all the stamps, they get a special, limited edition Junior Ranger Badge!

You can find the coloring page here:
http://www.nps.gov/clba/upload/travelingcb.pdf

National Women's History Museum
07/05/2014

National Women's History Museum

Happy 4th of July! For over 200 years, America’s women have toiled, protested, lobbied, advocated, and fought for many of the freedoms that we enjoy today. We reflect on a few of these in our most recent blog post: http://bit.ly/1rk6Oro (Photo: New York City suffrage parade, 1912. Library of Congress.)

Glen Echo Park (U.S. National Park Service)
06/14/2014

Glen Echo Park (U.S. National Park Service)

Someone's taking advantage of #NationalGetOutdoorsDay by partaking in an outdoor breakfast here at the park! One half of our mating pair of Red-tailed hawks has selected squirrel from the menu and graciously allowed the rangers to snap some photos. What are YOU doing to #getoutdoors today??

Clara Barton was a forward thinking woman, managing to accomplish many firsts in her lifetime. Can you think of anything...
06/13/2014

Clara Barton was a forward thinking woman, managing to accomplish many firsts in her lifetime.

Can you think of anything else Clara Barton did before it was "cool"?

06/11/2014
Introducing Clara Barton

Who was Clara Barton?

Most people list two things when asked that question: founder of the American Red Cross and Civil War nurse. But there are other ways to describe who she was: an innovator, a humanitarian, an activist, a leader, an orator, a fighter. The list goes on and on. What word comes to mind when YOU think of Clara Barton?

Inspiration for this post comes from this very nice video from our friends at Clara Barton's Missing Soldiers Office, produced by students at Frederick Community College.

The Clara Barton Missing Soldiers Office. Washington, D.C.'s newest museum. for more info www.civilwarmed.org. To help fund this museum visit www.gofundme.co...

FREE EVENT encouraging healthy and active outdoor fun!   On Saturday, June 14, 2014 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm the George W...
06/11/2014

FREE EVENT encouraging healthy and active outdoor fun!

On Saturday, June 14, 2014 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm the George Washington Memorial Parkway- GWMP (U.S. National Park Service) invites the public to join park staff, volunteers, and local organizations to celebrate “Healthy Parks, Healthy People” and National Get Outdoors Day (GO Day!).

This free event will be at Belle Haven Park, 6401 George Washington Memorial Pkwy, Alexandria, Virginia 22307. The event will feature:

Obstacle Course
Arts n Crafts
Solar Cooking Demonstrations
A live Owl and Hawk from the Raptor Conservancy of Virginia
The Friend of Dyke Marsh will have interactive and hands-on learning activities
Kaiser Permanente Educational Theatre will present a puppet show and quizzes.
Safety One will provide outdoor safety information.
Naturalist Program
Leave No Trace Program
Art in the Park Program
Mt. Vernon Trail Patrol bike and trail safety information

For more information, contact 703-235-1530 ext. 232.

This Saturday, June 14, another part of the George Washington Memorial Parkway will be holding a special event as part of National Get Outdoors Day. "Healthy Parks, Healthy People" will be held at Belle Haven Park from 10 AM - 3 PM.

Please see the event page for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/1432095780395425/

Lake Clark National Park & Preserve
06/09/2014

Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

Dan Elias from Virginia has been visiting national park units since 1991 and he just flew out to visit Lake Clark. He now has 15 remaining and he will have visited all 401 units....way to go Dan and thanks for the visit!

Address

5801 Oxford Rd
Glen Echo, MD
20812

General information

The inside of the house is seen by guided tour only. Tours are free and begin on the hour every hour starting at 10 am with the last tour at 4:00 pm. Groups of ten or more require a reservation. Please call us at 301-320-1410 to make a reservation or for more information.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(301) 320-1410

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Our Clara completed the Traveling Program for the Clara Barton National Historic Site. Her badge and certificate arrived today. The National Park Service provided some of our best lessons during quarantine. #nps #juniorranger
Eight years ago today this white plum was planted to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Clara Barton’s death. I took this photo. Can you post a photo of the tree today? Thank you.
Great tour with Ranger Kevin....
Clara Barton is my hero. First book I ever owned was her Autobiography of her childhood. Any ideas how to find that same book? It was the first book I ever owned I found in someone's garbage at 8 years old and she saved my life through all I went through as a kid. I read that book and fell in love with it. I read it over and over till it fell apart. It was the one where she talked about being in private school and her brother with small pox, her having a dream of having her hair cut off by a American Indian because it wasn't brown. From what I remember. My mom threw it away. I love you Clara and your memories will always stay with me. Wish I was born back in her day so I could had met the greatest lady in history. Founder of the American Red Cross. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Thanks Clara Barton National Historic Site! My girls were so excited to see they got more then their badges!
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