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harlowchandler St. Mary of Sorrows Catholic Church stands in Fairfax Station, Virginia. The church's history begins in 1838 when land was given to the Catholic Diocese of Richmond for a church and cemetery. The cemetery was immediately consecrated, the church followed 20 years later, mass having been said for the largely immigrant Irish population of railroad workers in the area near Fairfax Station, often inside box cars on the railroad.
During the Civil War the church was a landmark in fighting for control of the rail depot nearby, and became a field hospital run in part by one Clara Barton.
In years since the church has changed little, although the current entry vestibule with steeple, and inside the choir loft were late nineteenth century additions.
Today a newer church serves the parish, but the Historic Church remains in use for both regular services and as the most sought after wedding venue among the churches of the Diocese of Arlington, to which it now belongs.
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  •   rylandbowery Great shot and beautiful church. Love the history! 3min

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