Description - Clara Barton National Historic Site commemorates the life of Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross. The house in Glen Echo served as her home, headquarters for the American Red Cross and a warehouse for disaster relief supplies. From this house, she organized and directed American Red Cross relief efforts for victims of natural disasters and war. Clara Barton National Historic Site was established in the National Park Service in 1975 and is administered by the George Washington Memorial Parkway.
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Clara Barton National Historic Site
- The Clara Barton National Historic Site is open daily and shown by guided tour. Tours start on the hour between 10 AM and 4 PM. There is no admission charge. The site is closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Years Day.
Special events are scheduled throughout the year including such favorites as "A Photo-Biography of Clara Barton" and "Meet Clara Barton" Program featuring a costumed park employee. Call the historic site for an up-to-date events calendar.
A bookstore is located inside the house.
Recreation - The site is open daily and available for guided tours. "Parks as Classrooms" education programs are available for elementary school groups. Group tour reservations are required for groups of ten or more and are restricted to 30 people total.
Audio-visual programs are available by reservation only. Call 301-492-6245 for details.
Climate - Maryland has four distinct seasons with spring and fall being particularly pleasant with low humidity and mild temperatures. The average January temperature ranges between 30 and 34 degrees F (-1 to 1 C) with July averages ranging between 74 degrees F and 80 degrees F. Typically, coastal temperatures are slightly warmer then the western Appalachian Plateau area. Travelers should be aware that winters can become miserably cold and summers can be hazy, hot and humid with afternoon thundershowers.
The Clara Barton National Historic Site is located off MacArthur Boulevard, adjacent to Glen Echo Park in Glen Echo, Maryland, which is several miles northwest of Washington, D.C. The site is accessible from the Capital Beltway (I-495). Local park directional sign postings are located on the Clara Barton Parkway and MacArthur Boulevard. Commercial vehicles and bus restrictions apply on approaching roadways.