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
Presidents’ Day Open House, Monday, February 16, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Visit the Friendship Firehouse Museum when you are in Old Town for the
George Washington Birthday Celebration parade.
- Docent-Led Tour of Friendship Firehouse Museum, Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Volunteers, concerned for the well-being of Alexandria, formed the Friendship Fire Company in 1774. Come for an in-depth guided tour of Friendship’s firehouse and learn about the company’s firefighting procedures and equipment, as well as the different roles the organization played in serving the community. For ages 10 and older. $5 for adults, $4 ages 10-17. Reservations are required, as space is limited. Purchase tickets by calling 703.746.4994, or visit the online shop.
- 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!
News and Information
American Alliance of Museums