Clara Barton National Historic Site - Maryland

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Clara Barton National Historic Site
Photo of Clara Barton National Historic Site courtesy NPS

Their first view of the home was the fluttering of the United States flag from the tall flagpole above the house, and next, the Red Cross flag floating in the breeze over the central door, which was thrown hospitably open to receive the guests.

-- Stephen E. Barton, nephew of Clara Barton

Clara Barton National Historic Site commemorates the life of Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross. The home served as the headquarters and warehouse for the organization. From this house, Miss Barton organized American Red Cross relief efforts for victims of natural disasters and war.

"She was a remarkable person who dedicated her life and energies to help others in times of need - both home and abroad, in peacetime as well as during military emergencies. Glen Echo was her home the last [15] years of her life and this structure illustrates her dedication and concern for those less fortunate than herself."

--House Resolution 13157 presented before the 93rd Congress for the establishment of Clara Barton National Historic Site.

The site is open daily and shown by guided tour. Tours start on the hour between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. There is no admission charge.

Groups of 10 or more require reservations, call 301-492-6245.

The site is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day and is administered under the George Washington Memorial Parkway.

Facilities available at Clara Barton National Historic Site:

Clara Barton National Historic Site website
Recreation Area Map
Park Email:

Phone numbers
Visitor Information 301-492-6245
Visitor Information Recorded Message 301-492-6245

Clara Barton National Historic Site
5801 Oxford Road
Glen Echo, MD 20812