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The Clara Barton House

 
 
The Clara Barton House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, April 21, 2006
1. The Clara Barton House Marker
Inscription. Early headquarters of the American Red Cross and home of Clara Barton, founder and First President, who lived here until her death in 1912. Located just south of this marker, the house had an unusual interior of Steamboat Gothic design with railed galleries and a suspended captain's room.
 
Erected 1964 by The Montgomery County Historical Society and the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the National Historic Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 38° 58.143′ N, 77° 8.36′ W. Marker is in Glen Echo, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of MacArthur Boulevard and Goldsboro Road (Maryland Route 614) on MacArthur Boulevard. Click for map. The marker is on the western edge of the shopping center's parking lot. Marker is in this post office area: Glen Echo MD 20812, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 12 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Glen Echo Park: Protest Years 1960 (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Glen Echo Park: Spanish Ballroom c. 1943 (about 600 feet away); Glen Echo Park: Aerial View c. 1954 (about 600 feet away); Glen Echo Park: Chautaugua c. 1891 (about 600 feet away); A Heroine's Home (about 600 feet away); Glen Echo Park c. 1930 (about 700 feet away);
The Clara Barton House Marker, seen at MacArthur Boulevard and Goldsboro Road image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 16, 2011
2. The Clara Barton House Marker, seen at MacArthur Boulevard and Goldsboro Road
A Life of Service (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Clara Barton House (about 800 feet away); The Glen Echo Park Yurts (approx. 0.2 miles away); Glen Echo From Past to Present (approx. 0.2 miles away); A Trolley Returns to Glen Echo (approx. 0.2 miles away but has been reported missing); Trolley Parks In America (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Glen Echo.
 
Regarding The Clara Barton House. The house is a few blocks away at the end of Oxford Road, which intersects with MacArthur Boulevard one block west of this marker. There is plenty of parking in the Glen Echo Park parking lot on Oxford Road.
 
Also see . . .
1. Other Clara Barton Markers. (Submitted on May 7, 2006.)
2. Clara Barton National Historic Site. National Park Service site. (Submitted on April 25, 2006.) 

3. Clara Barton's House: Home of the American Red Cross. (Submitted on April 25, 2006.)
4. A Brief History of the American Red Cross. (Submitted on April 25, 2006.)
5. History of Glen Echo, Maryland. Glen Echo is the smallest town in Maryland. (Submitted on April 25, 2006.) 

6. Clara Barton—Angel of the Battlefield. (Submitted on April 25, 2006.)
7. American Civil War Women: Clara Barton. (Submitted on April 25, 2006.)
8. Clara Barton 1865 Tintype
Front Porch, Parapet, and Balcony image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, April 21, 2006
3. Front Porch, Parapet, and Balcony
. (Submitted on April 25, 2006.)
9. Clara Barton National Historic Site. Historic Medical Sites in the Washington, DC Area, Stop 29. Has photo of house as it appeared in 1904, before the roof and parapet was added over the porch. (Submitted on April 27, 2006.) 

10. Clara Barton: Her Life, and the American Red Cross. Essay by John T. Marck. (Submitted on April 27, 2006.) 

11. Clara Barton Monument on the Antietam Battlefield. (Submitted on March 4, 2008, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
 
Additional comments.
1. Landmark status
The Clara Barton House was designated a National Historic Landmark on October 15, 1966.
    — Submitted March 3, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.

 
Categories. Notable BuildingsNotable Persons
 
Northwest Face of the Clara Barton House image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, April 21, 2006
4. Northwest Face of the Clara Barton House
The front of the house is to the left, the palisade overlooking the Potomac River is on the right. This is the first view the visitor sees approaching the house on foot after the initial glimpse through the trees from the parking lot.
Spring View of the Clara Barton House image. Click for full size.
By Tom Fuchs, April 21, 2006
5. Spring View of the Clara Barton House
The house is obscured by trees spring, summer, and fall.
Winter View of The Clara Barton House image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, February 20, 2006
6. Winter View of The Clara Barton House
This view of the front of the house is from the parking lot.
Clara Barton House (interior) image. Click for full size.
Maryland Historical Trust (Historic Sites Survey)
7. Clara Barton House (interior)
The Clara Barton House Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, July 16, 2011
8. The Clara Barton House Marker
National Register of Historic Places: Clara Barton National Historic Site *** (added 1966 - - #66000037) ♦ Also known as Clara Barton House 5801 Oxford Rd. , Glen Echo ♦ Historic Significance: Person ♦Historic Person: Barton,Clara ♦Significant Year: 1897 ♦Area of Significance: Social History ♦Period of Significance: 1900-1924, 1875-1899 ♦Owner: Federal ♦Historic Function: Domestic, Health Care ♦Historic Sub-function: Hospital, Single Dwelling ♦Current Function: Landscape, Recreation And Culture, Work In Progress ♦Current Sub-function: Museum, Park
Winter View of the Northwest Face image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, February 20, 2006
9. Winter View of the Northwest Face
Clara Barton image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, February 16, 2015
10. Clara Barton
This c. 1865 photo of Clara Barton by Mathew B. Brady hangs in the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC.

“Clara Barton considered herself foremost a relief worker, whose efforts to aid those in need consumed most of her adult life. Yet she is remembered best as a Civil War nurse and as the founder of the American Red Cross. During the war; Barton realized her true calling of service by organizing and distributing supplies to Union soldiers and visiting the fields of battle as an independent nurse. At war's end; she organized a missing soldiers office, answering thousands of inquiries from bereaved families about their loved ones. When she closed the office in 1867, she had identified the fate of some 22,000 men. Later, after attending a European meeting of the International Red Cross, Barton returned home and worked to found the American Red Cross in 1881. She served as its first president for the next twenty-three years.” — National Portrait Gallery
 
 
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