Main content
City of Alexandria Homepage
Saturday, October 25  •  66°Partly Cloudy Air Quality: Yellow
CloseWeather Forecast
Today: High 69° Low 52°
ClearAir Quality: Yellow
Sun: High 66° Low 44°
SunnyAir Quality: Green
Mon: High 68° Low 51°
SunnyAir Quality: Green
Tue: High 79° Low 59°
Partly CloudyAir Quality: Green
Wed: High 66° Low 47°
ShowersAir Quality: Green
City of Alexandria, VA City of Alexandria, VA
Historic Alexandria
Share Share RSS RSS Print Print Text Size Text Size NormalText Size LargeText Size Extra Large
Page updated Sep 23, 2011 1:44 PM
CloseComments

No Comments Posted Yet

Explore Alexandria’s Firefighting History During Fire Prevention Week

Historic Columbia FirehouseOctober 15 Walking Tour Covers 19th-Century Blazes, Historic Firehouses

In connection with National Fire Prevention Week, the Friendship Firehouse Museum is offering a new tour exploring Alexandria’s firefighting history on Saturday, October 15. The walking tour, “Blazing a Trail: Alexandria’s Firefighting Past,” begins at 1 p.m. at the Friendship Firehouse, 107 South Alfred Street, in Old Town.

As they walk through Old Town, participants will learn about volunteer firefighting in early Alexandria and stop at historic buildings that once served as fire stations. They will also learn how three major fires devastated Alexandria and discover how the Union occupation during the Civil War affected local firefighting. The tour is scheduled to return to Friendship and end about 2:30 p.m.

Advance reservations are required, as space is limited. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for youth ages 10 to 17. (This history tour will not interest small children but may be of interest to kids 10 and older.) Tickets may be purchased online at www.friendshipfirehouse.net or by calling 703.746.4994.

For more information, visit www.friendshipfirehouse.net.

Photo: Among Alexandria’s 19th-century firehouses is the Columbia Firehouse (right) at 109 South St. Asaph Street. Built in 1883, this historic firehouse is now home to Columbia Firehouse restaurant. Courtesy: Library of Congress.

 

Historic Alexandria Administration
Lloyd House
220 North Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
703.746.4554
Fax: 703.838.6451
Email

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.