Clara Barton National Historic Site


Clara Barton National Historic Site commemorates the life of Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross. The home served as the headquarters and warehouse for the organization. From this house, Miss Barton organized American Red Cross relief efforts for victims of natural disasters and war. Clara Barton dedicated her life and energies to help others in times of need - both home and abroad, in peacetime as well as during military emergencies. Glen Echo was her home the last 15 years of her life and the structure illustrates her dedication and concern for those less fortunate than herself.

Guided tours of the house are available.



Seasonality / Weather

During winter storms, or snow removal operations included with adjacent Glen Echo Park, the site may be closed temporarily. Please call the site at (301) 320-1410 before visiting.



Clara Barton National Historic Site is located at 5801 Oxford Road, Glen Echo, Maryland 20812 off of MacArthur Boulevard adjacent to Glen Echo Park, several miles North West of Washington, D.C. It is accessible from the Capital Beltway (I-495). Local park directional sign postings are located on the Clara Barton Parkway and MacArthur Blvd. There are commercial vehicle and bus restrictions on approaching roadways.


Glen Echo, Maryland is located near Washington, D.C. The Washington, D.C. area is serviced by three major airports: The Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Dulles International Airport and Baltimore/Washington International Airport.

Public Transport: 

Public Transportation - The Glen Echo community is serviced by the Montgomery County Transit Ride-On bus at the Glen Echo stop located on Goldsboro Road near the MacArthur Boulevard intersection. The nearest metro rail stop is the Friendship Heights Station.