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Friendship Firehouse MuseumFriendship Firehouse Building Photograph

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 

  • Father’s Day Open House. The Friendship Firehouse Museum is free for fathers and their families on Father’s Day. The firehouse photographer will be on hand, so dads can take home a complimentary photograph. Come have a family portrait taken as you stand alongside the historic equipment that fought fires in early 19th – century Alexandria. See the suction pumper, and find out about artifacts such as parade hats and speaking trumpets.  Youngsters will also receive a fire hat of their very own.  
  • 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. Walking tours are occasionally offered by the Friendship Firehouse Museum.

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Friendship Firehouse Museum
107 S. Alfred Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
703.746.3891
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Museum Hours
Saturday and Sunday
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed: New Year's Day, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
Admission - $2.00