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Friendship Firehouse Museum
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Exhibitions at Friendship Firehouse Museum

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The Engine Room

The Engine Room on the first floor houses hand-drawn fire engines, leather water buckets, a locally-made hose reel, axes, sections of early rubber hose and other historic fire-fighting equipment. An exhibition discusses the development of fire-fighting technology and other fire companies that have served the citizens of Alexandria.

Friendship, Meeting Room
The Meeting Room

The second floor Meeting Room is furnished reminiscent of how it was during the late 19th century, the real heyday of Friendship as a community organization. A focal point is the original furniture used by members for their meetings. Various ceremonial objects are exhibited here such as parade uniforms, capes, banners and other regalia. Also, a bust of George Washington in the Meeting Room represents the Friendship Fire Company’s tradition of honoring the nation’s first president.

A highlight of the Friendship Firehouse collection is the suction engine, or suction pumper, built by John Rodgers of Baltimore and purchased by the Friendship Fire Company in 1851. Learn more about the pumper from “The Friendship Pumper” by Kris Lloyd, Antiques in Alexandria 1999.

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Suction Engine, 1851


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Hose Reel

Friendship, Hand Pump
Hose Reel

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Axes Fire Bucket Speaking Horn

Friendship Firehouse Museum
107 S. Alfred Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Museum Hours
Saturday and Sunday
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed: New Year's Day, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
Admission - $2.00