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Off The Beaten Path - Clara Barton House

Real Estate Agent with RLAH@properties AB95346

Clara Barton was a pretty amazing woman. 

She had a series of careers from school teacher to patent clerk.  When the Civil War broke out, she worked to help the war efforts, providing services for soldiers who'd lost their luggage, then getting medical supplies to where they were needed.  She worked as a nurse until the end of the war, then set up an office to help in the search for men who were missing in action.

After the Civil War, she moved to Europe to hone her skill during the Franco Prussian War, and she worked for the Red Cross.  When she returned home, she worked to get the Untied States to sign the Geneva Convention, which covers the way countries treat prisoners of war. 

In 1881, she founded the American Red Cross, which is what we mostly remember her for.  She helped with famine in Texas, tornadoes in Illinois and various earthquakes, the Johnstown flood in Ohio, forest fires and countless other disasters. 

After she retired, she moved to a house in Glen Echo, Maryland at 5801 Oxford Road.  And to get there today, you drive from Georgetown to Glen Echo on the Clara Barton Parkway.

Today, the Clara Barton National Historic Site is run by the National Park Service.  They have hourly tours, and this time of the year there is a warning on the Park Service web site that the house has a pretty crappy heating system, so bundle up! 

Oh, and they are closed tomorrow for Martin Luther King's birthday.

William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA

Hi Pat, I love history posts. It is such a great way to remind ourselves about our past. Enjoyed this.

Jan 18, 2015 02:25 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

She is an amazing woman Pat, combination of a saint and a hero.

Thansk for sharing the history!


Jan 18, 2015 02:39 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

William, there was a lot I left out.  As I checked out her bio there was some great stuff.  She must have been pretty spunky.

Jan 18, 2015 03:41 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Bob, she was amazing, and I was surprised to learn that the Red Cross made her resign because she was wonderful, but a lousy administrator.  But by that time, she was pretty old. 

Jan 18, 2015 03:45 PM
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Platinum - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

Wow you are all over the blog roll this morning!  Good for you and great info too!

Jan 18, 2015 11:20 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Kristin, that seems to happen late Sunday night after Downton Abbey!

Jan 19, 2015 11:00 PM
Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

According to the history of Saint Mary's of Sorrows Chuch in Fairfax Station it was while tending to the wounded there that she penned the plans for what became the Red Cross. 


Jan 20, 2015 08:39 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Cindy, it's amazing what we can learn about history from old churches! 

Feb 01, 2015 09:34 AM