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
- Father’s Day Open House at Friendship Firehouse Museum. Free for fathers and their family members! On Sunday, June 16, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 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.
- Friendship Summertime Story Time. Saturdays July 27, August 10 & 24, 11 a.m. Learn about firefighting 200 years ago! At Friendship Summertime Story Time, children age 6 and older and their caregivers will enjoy stories about firefighting, take a special tour of the historic firehouse, participate in a bucket brigade, and ring the fire bell. Come see the historic hose reel, buckets, banners and parade hats. For age 6 and older. $4.00 per child, every four children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required, as space is limited. To register, call 703.746.4994 or register online.
- 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.
- Spotlight on History Newsletter. Download the latest issue of our digital newsletter for The Lyceum and Friendship Firehouse Museum here.
American Alliance of Museums