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Friendship Firehouse Museum

Friendship Firehouse Building PhotographThe 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

Firefighting History Walking Tour
Saturday, October 10, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Mark Fire Prevention Week and explore Alexandria’s firefighting history on the “Blazing a Trail:  Alexandria’s Firefighting History” tour.  Participants learn about volunteer firefighting in early Alexandria, three devastating fires, and the five volunteer fire companies.  The tour begins at the historic Friendship Firehouse, goes east on Prince Street, and returns to Friendship via King Street.

For age 10 and older.  $6 for adults, $4 ages 10-17.  Reservations are required, as space is limited.  Telephone 703.746.4994, or visit The Alexandria Shop


Firefighting in Civil War Alexandria Walking Tour
Saturday, October 24, 1- 3 p.m.

When Virginia joined the Confederacy, Union troops occupied Alexandria and most municipal functions were assumed by the U.S. Army.  The “We’ve Been Burned:  Alexandria Firefighters During the Civil War” walking tour will explore firefighting during the Union occupation.  Were firefighters allowed out after curfew?  What happened to the firehouses and equipment?   These questions will be answered as tour participants visit the sites of four of the five fire houses, and learn what happened if there was a fire. 

For age 10 and older.  $6 for adults, $4 ages 10-17.  Reservations are required, as space is limited.  Telephone 703.746.4994, or visit The Alexandria Shop


Docent-Led Tour 
Saturday, November 7, 11 a.m. – 12 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 age 10 and older.  $5 for adults, $4 ages 10-17.  Reservations are required, as space is limited.  Telephone 703.746.4994, or visit The Alexandria Shop



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