Clara Barton National Historic Site has three imprint cancellations for Eastern National's Passport to Your National Parks book; the imprint for Clara Barton National Historic Site, the Clara Barton Parkway and the Twenty-Fifth Anniversary of the Passport Program Stamp. These are located inside the house in the bookstore. The house is shown by guided tour only, starting on the hour between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm. Visitors wishing to obtain the imprints only, without touring the site, should arrive 15 minutes before a tour time and inform the staff that they wish only the imprints.
Walk next door to adjacent Glen Echo Park and obtain the passport imprint for Glen Echo Park. There is also a duplicate for the Clara Barton Parkway. These are located in the first floor of the Arcade building on a small stand near the NPS desk and the entrance to Photoworks.
The Clara Barton Parkway evolved from plans that created the George Washington Memorial Parkway. The design authorized in 1930 included a grand circular drive crossing the Potomac River and traversing Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. between Mount Vernon and Great Falls. The park would preserve the natural beauty of the region and link sites associated with George Washington’s life. The circular drive, as envisioned, has not been built, but the completed parkways, managed by the National Park Service, now honor two important and influential Americans: George Washington, Commander in Chief, Founding Father and first President of the United States of America and Clara Barton, “Angel of the Battlefield”, Founder and first President of the American Red Cross.
Other imprints available at sites along the George Washington Memorial Parkway include: Arlington House: The Robert E. Lee Memorial; Claude Moore Colonial Farm; Glen Echo Park; George Washington Memorial Parkway; Great Falls Park, Virginia; Lyndon Baines Johnson Memorial Grove; Netherlands Carillon/Iwo Jima the U.S. Marine Corps War Memorial; Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail; Theodore Roosevelt Island; Women in Military Service for America Memorial.
Copies of all stamps except Claude Moore Colonial Farm, are available at the headquarters for the George Washington Memorial Parkway. (separate from the Ranger Station)
The headquarters is located at Turkey Run on the GWMP, about 2 miles from the Capital Beltway. The hours of operation are 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
For more information about Eastern National's Passport to Your Parks Program, visit the Eastern National website.
Did You Know?
Clara Barton is probably the most famous American nurse who was never a real nurse. She cared for wounded soldiers in the Civil War and as President of the American Red Cross she organized over 18 relief efforts, but she was a former school teacher and government clerk.