Clara Barton House in Glen Echo, Maryland
Clara Barton House in Glen Echo, Maryland AP

Last chance to learn about the Angel of the Battlefield, Clara Barton, before the Maryland house where she lived and ran the American Red Cross closes indefinitely for renovations. The National Park site is closing early next year to repair extensive water damage. Barton was invited to live in Glen Echo by the developers of a local Chautauqua community, part of a movement devoted to cultural and educational pursuits. The developers thought having a celebrity live there would help attract others. Barton was famous for her service during the Civil War caring for soldiers, which led her to found the American Red Cross. She lived there until her death at age 90 in 1912.The Chautauqua community, meanwhile, failed and the site was turned into an amusement park. The park closed in 1968 but today it is a National Park site, and the buildings today house everything from a carousel to art classes.

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