Glen Echo in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Clara Barton House
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.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Charity & Public Work • Science & Medicine • Women. In addition, it is included in the Clara Barton, and the National Historic Landmarks series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1912.
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. The marker is on the western edge of the shopping center's parking lot. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Glen Echo MD 20812, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 12 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Clara Barton Trail (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Glen Echo Park: Protest Years 1960 (about 600 feet away); 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); A Life of Service (about 700 feet away); a different marker also named Clara Barton House (about 800 feet away); Minnehaha Creek (about 800 feet away); “A riotous country jumble” (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Glen Echo Park Yurts (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glen Echo.
More about this marker. 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.
Regarding The Clara Barton House. “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
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. The Clara Barton monument at the Antietam battlefield
Also see . . .
1. Clara Barton National Historic Site. National Park Service site. (Submitted on April 25, 2006.)
2. A Brief History of the American Red Cross. American Red cross website entry (Submitted on April 25, 2006.)
3. American Civil War Women: Clara Barton. American Civil War website entry (Submitted on April 25, 2006.)
4. Clara Barton 1865 Tintype. Library of Congress website entry (Submitted on April 25, 2006.)
5. 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.)
6. Clara Barton: Her Life, and the American Red Cross. Essay by John T. Marck. (Submitted on April 27, 2006.)
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.
Credits. This page was last revised on April 19, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 25, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. This page has been viewed 24,151 times since then and 384 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on April 25, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. 2. submitted on November 20, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 25, 2006, by Tom Fuchs of Greenbelt, Maryland. 6. submitted on April 25, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 7. submitted on March 3, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. 8. submitted on July 19, 2011, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. 9. submitted on April 25, 2006, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 10. submitted on May 24, 2015, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. 11. submitted on April 19, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.