Clara Barton National Historic Site was the home of Clara Barton – an educator, a pioneering nurse during the American Civil War, and the founder of the American Red Cross. Barton dedicated her life to helping people in their time of need, and her house is a reflection of her determination to do so. Barton’s home is the first national historic site dedicated to a woman’s accomplishments.
When entering this 18th-century house, you feel like stepping back in time. During the tour through the rooms, you can see original period furnishings, such as a birdcage, a sitting bath, antique telephones, and Barton’s China set.
This house was more than a home; it served as the headquarters of the American Red Cross in its early years. By visiting the Red Cross offices and the secret supply closets, you can gain a sense of the challenges of humanitarian work and medical care in a time of crisis.
Children can enjoy a scavenger hunt in the house, and in the gift shop the adults can check out souvenirs and books relating to Clara Barton and the Civil War.