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.
News and Information
- Gingerbread Firehouse Contest. The Friendship Firehouse Museum is pleased to host a Gingerbread Firehouse Contest and exhibition for the holidays. All entries must depict a firefighting theme, architectural structure (real or imaginary) such as a firehouse, burning building, etc. Participants are invited to compete in the Adult or Junior Division. Entry forms and fee due by December 8, with contest judging at the Lloyd House on Saturday, December 14. See Contest Rules and Entry Form and the Press Release for more information.
- Spotlight on History Newsletter. Download the latest issue of our digital newsletter for The Lyceum and Friendship Firehouse Museum here.
American Alliance of Museums