Things To Do

Clara Barton National Historic Site is open on Fridays and Saturdays for tours of the unfurnished home at 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM, and 4:00 PM.

Hancock Civil War String Band
Hancock Civil War String Band - A Narrated Concert and Open House
Saturday, October 12, 2019
2:00-3:00 p.m. - Concert
3:00-5:00 p.m. - Open House

The Hancock Civil War String Band places songs of the Civil War within a historical narrative that takes you on a musical tour of the terrible conflict. The band has created a
narrative that tells the story from before the start of the Civil War, about slavery, Lincoln’s statements about what’s going to happen in the future, his election, the conduct of the war
and the effects of the war. With a letter from Clara Barton or an interesting story the band shows how these Civil War songs still have meaning today.

The group performs with accordion, banjo, guitars, fiddles and string bass. Melodic four part vocal harmonies bring to life the poetic lyrics of this very musical war. There will be an open house after the free
concert. Visitors can explore the house at their own pace and learn about the history of the house and the legacy of its most famous resident, Clara Barton, from park rangers and

Now Scheduling Ranger Programs on Clara Barton

Free hour long programs presented by a park ranger from Clara Barton National Historic Site are available for groups of ten or more. They can be scheduled at off-site locations in the Washington D.C. metro area or at Glen Echo Park.

To make reservations, call: 301-320-1407.

Clara Barton - An American Life

This program will bring the story of Clara Barton's remarkable career to life. The talk will also highlight Miss Barton’s legacy as an advocate for the expansion of rights for African Americans and women. The audience will learn of her role as a pioneer of emergency preparedness, first aid and natural disaster relief work.


Between the Bullet and the Hospital

This program will explore the dangers Clara Barton faced and the accomplishments she achieved during the Civil War. The Civil War set Clara Barton on a path of service, one where she endured some of the same terrible conditions and extreme dangers as the soldiers. This path took Miss Barton to Antietam, where she worked as the battle raged around her. At the battle of Fredericksburg she was the only woman working at the front! Clara Barton did all this without formal training as a nurse and did not join in with the Superintendent of Army Nurses, Dorthea Dix’s nurses, or collaborate with the Christian Commission or the Sanitary Commission.

Last updated: October 3, 2019

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McLean, VA 22101


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