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Barton, Clara, House

Glen Echo, Maryland
County of Montgomery.
5801 Oxford Road
National Register Number: 66000037
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Domestic - single dwelling. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: National Historic Site; See www.nps.gov/clba.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - January 12, 1965):
Clara Barton was the "Angel of the Battlefield" to both sides during the Civil War. Exhausted by her work healing the troops, she went to Switzerland to regain her health, but instead found herself on other battlefields, this time in the Franco-Prussian war. Impressed with the work of the International Red Cross during that conflict, she became the major figure in the founding of the American Red Cross. Barton spent the last 20 years of her life in this house, which also housed the national headquarters of the organization from 1897 until 1904.

-General concerns of natural and progressive deterioration associated with a 115 year old structure. As an isolated structure (and no external monitoring) there is always the threat of vandalism. The site / landmark is open daily (with hourly scheduled - guided tours); therefore the theft and loss of artifacts is always a concern.

Although the property is listed as in good condition, it is aging with signs of progressive deterioration, therefore funding needs to be identified and earmarked for the preservation of the structure.

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