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    Clara Barton

    National Historic Site Maryland

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  • Temporary Site Closure Oct. 6 - 10, 2014

    Monday October 6 - Friday October 10, 2014 Clara Barton National Historic Site is closed to the public. The site is open for tours Sat. Oct. 11 - Monday Oct. 13. Please call 301-320-1410 for updates.

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Clara Barton National Historic Site Temporary Closure

Starting Monday October 6, 2014 Clara Barton National Historic Site will be temporarily closed. The site will be closed for up to seven business days to allow for the packing and moving of the historic museum collection. Seven days is the estimated time frame for the work to be completed, but the site could open sooner depending on the length of the work. Clara Barton NHS will be open October 11-13 for the Columbus Day weekend. After the museum collection is moved the site will reopen unfurnished.

Front view of Clara Barton's Glen Echo, Maryland home during winter.  Red Cross flag and American Flag blowing in the breeze.

Clara Barton's Glen Echo home is a reflection of her dedication of serving the needs of others. You can view the virtual tour, but nothing compares to actually visiting the home. Guided tours blend the incredible stories of her courage during the Civil War to her achievements with the American Red Cross within the settings she worked and lived in between 1897 and 1912.

House shown by guided tour only and tours start on the hour:

10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12 Noon, 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m

Open daily all year-except closed on Federal Holidays between November and March. (Closed Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, December 25, January 1, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and George Washington's Birthday/Presidents Day)

Clara Barton National Historic Site is not air-conditioned nor well heated. The house has a front porch, but there is no other shelter while waiting for tours.

Public restrooms, seasonal drinking water fountains and limited food services are available at adjacent Glen Echo Park.

Only the first floor of the house is wheelchair accessible.

Eastern National Passport station and bookstore located inside the house and may be accessed as part of the house tour.

Groups of ten people or more need reservations.

Please call 301-320-1410 for more information or to schedule a reservation.

Collect the National Park Service Civil War to Civil Rights trading cards during your visit.

Free admission.


Clara Barton National Historic Site is administered by the George Washington Memorial Parkway and while you are visiting in the area, you may wish to visit one of the nearby sites and attend a program. Please see the attached schedule for upcoming programs.


During extreme conditions affecting the Washington, D.C. region; power outages; storms or storm clean up operations, Clara Barton National Historic Site may experience temporary closures and guided tours may be canceled. The site may close for only part of a day, a full day or multiple days. Feel free to call 301-320-1410 to confirm site status before visiting.

Did You Know?

Clara Barton seated with a female nurses graduation class.

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.