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Educational Program

Citizen Firefighters in Colonial Alexandria

Bring your students (K-6), scouts or other group for a fascinating program at the Friendship Firehouse Museum.

Come join the bucket brigade!  As cities developed in the American colonies, fire companies were founded by citizens who were motivated by the threat of fire and a concern for their property and community.  "Citizen Firefighters in Colonial Alexandria" explores how these citizen-volunteers were important in colonial Alexandria.   Participants see historic equipment actually used for fighting fires by the Friendship Fire Company.  They discuss colonial fire safety compared to fire safety today and, through role play, learn colonial firefighting techniques.

 

Friendship, Boy and Horn imageFriendship, Kids and Rope imageFriendship, Fire Bucket Brigade image

The Friendship Commander giving
orders to the bucket brigade

Ringing the bell to summon the Friendship
volunteers to the firehouse

Manning the
Fire Bucket Brigade

  • Cost:: $2 per student, payment due upon arrival with a minimum charge of $20. Alexandria City Public Schools admitted free of charge. Up to 1 adult for every 5 children is admitted free; additional adults $2 each. All teachers are admitted free of charge.
  • Length: 30-45 minutes
  • Limit: 20 students

Educational programs can be arranged Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday 1 - 4 p.m. by appointment. To book a tour, telephone the Education Coordinator (at The Lyceum) at 703.746.4994, or email the Friendship Firehouse Museum.

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