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Clara Barton National Historic Site
Northwest of Washington, DC
Clara Barton, humanitarian and founder of the American Red Cross, lived in Glen Echo the last 15 years of her life. From 1897 to 1904, her 30-plus-room mansion also served as the Red Cross headquarters, and as a warehouse for disaster relief supplies. From here, she organized and directed relief efforts for victims of natural disasters and war. Today the home has numerous exhibits and audiovisual programs detailing her work, and the picnic grounds adjacent to Glen Echo Park makes a pleasant break after touring the grounds The site was authorized on October 26, 1974.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Picnicking, touring house. Facilities: Indoor interpretive exhibits, guided tours, movies. Bookstore, picnic tables. Programs & Events: Guided tours (hourly 10-4). Evening Open House programs (spring and fall). Tips & Hints: Allow 30-45 minutes for tour. Busiest on weekend afternoons, least crowded mornings.
FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS
Free. Guided tours only. Site open daily.
HOW TO GET THERE
9 mi northwest of Georgetown via MacArthur Blvd. and Oxford Rd. to Clara Barton Pkwy., and via I-495/I-95 (Beltway) to Clara Barton Pkwy. (watch for signs to Glen Echo Park). Public transportation via Montgomery County Transit Authority Ride-on-Bus 29 from Friendship Heights metro stations (Red line) or by taxi. Closest airports from the site: Washington, DC: Reagan Washington National (11 mi), Dulles (22 mi).
Clara Barton National Historic Site (5801 Oxford Rd., Glen Echo, MD 20812, tel. 301/492-6245).
Clara Barton National Historic Site. Basic information for visitors wanting to see the Clara Barton National Historic Site Northwest of Washington, DC