Clara Barton National Historic Site
A Sense Of Place project
The Clara Barton Site
History of Place
The Clara Barton National Historic site was constructed in 1891 and served as the first headquarters for the American Red Cross organization, making it an important site to recognize. Modeled after the Johnstown Flood Relief Center, the site also stores supplies that Clara Barton needed for her relief work in disasters.
Description of Place
Clara Barton National historic site is a national park with a 19th century-style house built and named to honor the woman whose volunteerism changed the medical world, founded the American Red Cross organization, cared for others in a time of need as well as war, and spent the last 15 years of her life doing the work she loved in Glen Echo, MD
Importance of Place
This site is an important landmark in Maryland because it served as the first headquarters of the American Red Cross organization, housing sick and wounded soldiers during the Civil and Spanish American war. Clara Barton is also an important figure in history, considering the achievements she has made in her lifetime, as the founder of the American Red Cross and a legendary medical epitome. On top of it all, she wasn't even considered a real nurse!