Fairfax Station was the site of a massive relief effort during the Battles of Ox Hill and Second Manassas in August 1862. Among those aiding the effort was future American Red Cross founder, Clara Barton. To honor those who helped save others, the Museum holds a special First Responders Day.
Volunteer Fire and Rescue personnel as well as Fairfax County Police Officers will bring emergency vehicles for display and offer hands-on activities to demonstrate the critical role played by modern day first responders.
Re-enactors help visitors learn about medical and relief practices then and now. National Park Service rangers teach about the life and times of Clara Barton.
A special set of activities also is offered to help Girl Scouts fulfill requirements toward an Interest Patch in nursing. Activity-based educational programs teach middle school students about Clara Barton's important activities at the Station in 1862.
First Responders Day usually is held on the Sunday preceding the Labor Day weekend.