Born nearby at Clifton, Katherine Harwood Waller Barrett earned medical and nursing degrees. She devoted her professional life to the care and education of unmarried pregnant women, a group previously treated as outcasts. With philanthropist Charles Nelson Crittenton, Barrett founded a rescue home for unmarried pregnant girls in Atlanta in 1893. After her move to Northern Virginia, they co-founded the National Florence Crittenton Mission, the first philanthropic institution chartered by Congress. Supported by presidents, Barrett pursued her pioneering work nationally and internationally. For the first time for a woman, the flag at the Virginia State Capitol was lowered at her death in 1925.
Date Approved by DHR: 06/19/08
Year On Marker: 2008
Original Sponsor: Department of Historic Resources
Geographic Location: Stafford County
Physical Description of Location: 749 Widewater Road, Stafford, VA 22554. Marker is located in front of Widewater volunteer fire department.
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