Friendship Firehouse Crafts and Ornament Decorating
For Immediate Release: Saturday, December 10, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Come to the Friendship Firehouse Museum and you can create and take home decorations and craft projects inspired by early firefighting history. They will make great gifts for the holidays, or any time of year!
This program is for ages 4-10 and their caregivers. Children and caregivers work on crafts and visit the historic firehouse together. It is not a drop-off event. As space is limited, pre-purchased timed tickets are required. The times available are: 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., Noon, and 12:30 p.m.
Tickets: $5.00 per child includes a craft and ornament kit, and museum admission. $2.00 for adults. Purchase tickets at alexandriava.gov/Shop. Tickets must be purchased for both adults and children.
The Friendship Fire Company, established in 1774, was the first fire company in Alexandria. Friendship members were volunteers motivated by their concern for the property and well-being of the community.
Today the Friendship Firehouse, built in 1855, is a museum open to the public. Buckets, hose, axes, and Friendship’s mid-19th century suction engine – elaborately decorated with the company’s clasped-hands insignia – are on view. Visitors also see the company’s ornate hose reel carriage that was made in Alexandria, and learn how the organization played a larger role in the community. In addition to fighting fires, Friendship members participated in parades and performed ceremonial duties for civic events. Ceremonial artifacts such as helmets, capes, and other regalia, are exhibited in the firehouse Meeting Room.
Friendship Firehouse Museum is located at 107 South Alfred Street in Old Town, Alexandria.