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Clara Barton National Historic Site

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Address: 5801 Oxford Rd, Glen Echo, MD 20812-1201
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+1 301-492-6245
10:00 - 17:00
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Tours are offered on the hour Saturday and Sunday. The house is in a state of disrepair, mainly due to a leaky roof so all furniture has been removed until work is done to fix it... read more

Reviewed 18 June 2015
Arlington, Virginia
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Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

We walked the Clara Barton trail which is a short walk outside the house providing some background information. It was fun for our young kids. Unfortunately the house itself has been closed for renovations since Oct 15 with little sign on the day of work having been done to the outside not any indication of when the house will reopen.... More 

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Dubuque, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 260 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2016

The house was closed on the day of our visit. An immense amount of work was being done on the exterior and it was very needed. This home was not taken care of in the past years---there is rot and a need for a lot of paint. This is surprising in comparison to the other sites in the national park... More 

Thank Randy L
Reston, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016

When we tried to visit last year, we found out that this house is only open during certain tours during the day, which wasn't made clear on the website. So when construction is finished, be sure to call ahead and ask for the tour times. Otherwise, it's within walking distance to the cool Glen Echo Park.

1 Thank Matt B
Palm Beach, Florida
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Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

Thought we'd stop by with teenagers to take a look and learn about Clara Barton, founder of US Red Cross. Very disappointing. No signage, shares parking lot with Rock Echo Park which is an eerily, retro half abandoned "artists park" with a carousel. Only Park Service employee was a young girl that knew nothing about Clara Barton or any information... More 

1 Thank Katie G
Reston, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

House is currently closed, will return when it is completed. Unique structure, pretty grounds and located next to Glen Echo Park.

Thank Andrea S
Arlington, Virginia
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 June 2015

Tours are offered on the hour Saturday and Sunday. The house is in a state of disrepair, mainly due to a leaky roof so all furniture has been removed until work is done to fix it. It was still a worthwhile visit. I learned quite a bit about the indomitable Clara Barton from the knowledgable and enthusiastic park ranger!

1 Thank Tamiami2tone
in NJ
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306 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 April 2015

Fulfilling our quest to get our National Parks Passport stamps we came for a visit. Unfortunately the home is undergoing renovations (new roof) so all the furnishing are out of the building. We were told renovations will be completed in 2 years.There are photographs to show you what the rooms would have looked like. Clara Barton was given this home... More 

Thank Kitsaattheshore
Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 296 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2015

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... More 

2 Thank GNRMatt
Bethesda, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 December 2014

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... More 

Thank Lois C
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5 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2014

***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... More 

1 Thank garrett t

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