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029-0169 St. Mary's Church

St. Mary's Church
Photo credit: Calder Loth, 2022

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VLR Listing Date 02/17/1976

NRHP Listing Date 07/01/1976

NRHP Reference Number 76002104

Clara Barton, founder and first president of the American Red Cross, established a field hospital at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Fairfax Station in August 1862 during the second battle of Manassas. It was here that she was first noticed for her humanitarianism, heroism, and organizational ability. From St. Mary’s as many as 1,000 wounded Union soldiers at a time were moved by train back to Washington. The country Gothic building was erected in 1858 to serve the Irish immigrants recruited to work on the construction of the Orange and Alexandria Railroad in Fairfax County. Although its interior suffered as a result of its wartime use, the exterior of St. Mary’s Church remains little altered since its construction.

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated: May 23, 2022