Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Glen Echo in Montgomery County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

“A riotous country jumble”

Clara Barton National Historic Site

 
 
“A riotous country jumble” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 24, 2017
1. “A riotous country jumble” Marker
Inscription. Clara Barton's property was a reflection of her personality: practical, thrifty, and just a bit eccentric. Visitors to her home frequently commented on the utilitarian grounds filled with fruit trees and rows of vegetables instead of formal gardens. Although the property may have appeared cluttered and ill-kept to guests, the estate was largely self-sustaining, and Miss Barton could gather the food for her semi-strict vegetarian diet from her own Garden.

Clara Barton's mixture of practical crops with decorative flowers prompted one visitor to describe her gardens as “a riotous country jumble of pear trees, tomatoes, marigolds, rose bushes, and corn.”

In addition to the wide variety of fruits and vegetable grown here, Clara Barton kept goats, chickens, and cows to supply the household with dairy products and eggs. A stable on the west side of the property also housed a pair of horses.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 38° 58.023′ N, 77° 8.431′ W. Marker is in Glen Echo, Maryland, in Montgomery County. Marker is on Oxford Road. Touch for map. On a parking lot at Glen Echo Park near the Clara Barton National Historic Site. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5801 Oxford Road, Glen Echo MD 20812, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
“A riotous country jumble” Marker image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 24, 2017
2. “A riotous country jumble” Marker
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Clara Barton House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Hall of Philosophy (within shouting distance of this marker); A Life of Service (within shouting distance of this marker); A Heroine's Home (within shouting distance of this marker); The Clara Barton Trail (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Glen Echo Park’s Crystal Pool (about 400 feet away); The Changing Face of Glen Echo (about 400 feet away); The Glen Echo Park Yurts (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Glen Echo.
 
Categories. AgricultureCharity & Public Work
 
Miss Clara Barton Rose image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 24, 2017
3. Miss Clara Barton Rose
The Conrad & Jones Company of Pennsylvania developed a “Miss Clara Barton Rose” in 1898 which they sent to Miss Barton to grow in her gardens. The rose had large pink flowers and a strong sweet fragrance and quickly became one of her favorites. Catalog photo courtesy of The Conrad-Pyle Co.
Close-up of images on marker
Susie and Silas image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, May 24, 2017
4. Susie and Silas
Susie and Silas, two servants in the Barton household, caring for the animals.
Close-up of photo on marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on June 1, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. This page has been viewed 66 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 1, 2017, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
Paid Advertisement