Friendship Firehouse Museum
The Friendship Fire Company was established in 1774, as the first volunteer fire company in Alexandria. The current firehouse was built in 1855, was substantially remodeled in 1871, and was restored by the City of Alexandria in 1992.
In a town of mostly wooden buildings, where open flames provided heat, light and cooking on a daily basis, fire was a constant danger. The Friendship, Sun, Relief, Hydraulion and other local volunteer fire companies served the community faithfully, particularly during enormous blazes in 1827, 1855, 1871, and 1922. Some of their stories and equipment are preserved today in the Friendship Firehouse Museum.
Events at the Friendship Firehouse Museum
- The Friendship Firehouse Festival. The Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association holds its annual Firehouse Festival each year on the first Saturday in August. The popular family event features antique fire apparatus, craft booths, displays by Alexandria merchants, and live music. Free admission!
- Firefighting History Walking Tours. Registration for fall walking tours will open in September. All tours start at 1 p.m. $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for youth ages 10-17 (will not interest small children).
- October 11: Blazing a Trail: Alexandria's Firefighting History. Learn about volunteer firefighting in early Alexandria - the three major fires and the five volunteer fire companies.
- October 25: We've Been Burned: Alexandria Firefighters During the Civil War. What happened when there was a fire in occupied Alexandria? Were firefighters allowed out after curfew? Learn how the volunteer fire companies were treated by federal authorities.
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American Alliance of Museums