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Clara Barton National Historic Site
Based on 27 traveler reviews
Excellent free tour of founder of American Red Cross
Jul 21, 2014 by: Pnemiller from Kutztown, Pennsylvania
Clara Barton lived and worked in this 30 room house for over 20 years. It is operated by the National Park Service which has free tours on the hour beginning at 10 AM. We were the only ones on the first Sunday tour. Susan, a park ranger, gave an excellent, informative talk on the life of Clara Barton and the history of the house. If you have time, visit Glen Echo Park right by the house. It was a grand old amusement park which is also operated by the National Park Service.
Wonderful and Educational Free Tour!!!
Jul 13, 2014 by: Tiffany R from Boardman, Ohio
This is a wonderful historical site for any one to visit. My kids ages 4, and 8 really learned a lot on this tour and it was really neat to hear the stories and see the rooms in Clara's house. Our tour guide did an excellent job presenting and answering questions about Clara and the home. They also have a little gift store where you may purchase books and items relating to Clara Barton. Several of the books were appropriate for children. What a great way to learn about the past!!!!
Learn about Clara Barton, founder of American Red Cross
Jul 11, 2014 by: Alyssa112 from Naples, Florida
We stumbled into this historic site and ended up taking the tour. Guided tours through the house are led by park rangers on the hour from 10am to 4pm. We arrived 5mins to 1 pm and were the only ones on our tour. Our guide gave a great tour of Clara Barton's house, sharing with us the entire history of the American Red Cross, very interesting. We saw everything and our total time at the site was 45 minutes. Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. Very close to Bethesda.
Had the place all to ourselves
Jun 01, 2014 by: mja1982 from Naperville, Illinois
We were the only people there for a tour when they opened and we got a private tour. The park ranger was very knowledgable and was able to tell us all about this amazing woman and her efforts. Be aware that there wasn't any air conditioning and there are a lot of steps to climb. The house was beautiful and well worth a visit. Parking is a little tight so I would suggest getting there when they open.
A Proper Memorial to a Great Woman
May 27, 2014 by: jeffl499 from Alexandria, VA
Clara Barton gained stature by leading a group of medics onto the battle fields of the Civil War. She later ventured to Europe many times to serve in the newly created Red Cross organizations before returning to America. After considerable effort, she found a "home" in this beautiful Victorian house just east of Echo Park. Its 30+ rooms became the first headquarters of the American Red Cross. A 45-minute tour of the house brings her alive with a full view of her vision for medical care in the midst of war or crisis. Her new career in America began when she was 75, but her imagination and creativity knew no boundaries. Knowledgeable guides meet tourists every hour from 10:00 to 3:00 on the front porch. Couple this tour with a stroll through Glen Echo for a full morning or afternoon.
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