We visited the very picturesque, historical section of Fairfax on Saturday afternoon for just a couple of hours on our Prep day. (In the MTC I was told to be sure I made Pres Albright take a few hours every P-day if possible to just relax.) We had a great time. Although it was quite funny that one or the other of us was on the phone during most of our time. (Don't you just hate when you see people in a restaurant and they are both on a cell phone.) At least we were together. Seems there were lots of medical calls and things that afternoon. But we had a delightful time anyway and got some good laughs.
I love anything historical and Pres. and I both love history and museums. This whole mission is perfect for that since so much early American history took place right here on these streets. We visited the Fairfax Museum shown in the first 3 pictures and learned some amazing things about this little town. The building that houses the museum was built in 1873 as the 1st elementary school for the city. But it has wonderful displays and tells about the area. The last picture is of the oldest home in Fairfax.
Old Town Fairfax covers only 6 sq. blocks. But it's history represents more than 200 years. The first engagement of the civil war took place here on June 1,1861. And 7 weeks later in July, Washingtonians came on train in picnic attire (dressed up) to view the Battle of First Manassas, also known as Bull Run. Little did they realize what was about to take place in America's history. The 2nd battle of Manassa, at Bull Run was amongst the most gruesome of fights in the civil war. Fairfax Station Railroad museum celebrates the efforts of Clara Barton, who became "the angel of the battlefield' when she nursed soldiers there. She went on to found the Red Cross. There are Civil War Trail Markers all over the county showing historic tidbits. Because of Fairfax County's location to Wash DC it was of enormous strategic importance during the Civil War. It is interesting to see all the historical names that are found on many buildings and street signs. The people here have a special respect for the history of their area and are proud of the role it played in America.