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Civil War Firefighting Walking Tour | News Release | City of Alexandria

Civil War Firefighting Walking Tour on May 20

Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 1.08.24 PM.pngCome to the Friendship Firehouse Museum on Saturday, May 20, and explore Alexandria’s Civil War firefighting history on the “We’ve Been Burned:  Alexandria Firefighters During the Civil War” tour. It will be from 1 – 3 p.m. and starts at 107 South Alfred Street.

When Virginia joined the Confederacy, Union troops occupied Alexandria and most municipal functions were assumed by the U.S. Army.  The walking tour explores firefighting during the occupation.  How were volunteer fire companies treated by Federal authorities?  Were firefighters allowed out after curfew?  What happened to the firehouses?   These questions will be answered as participants visit sites of four of the five fire houses, and learn what happened if there was a fire.

The “We’ve Been Burned:  Alexandria Firefighters During the Civil War” tour is for ages 10 and older. Admission is $6 for adults and $4 ages 10-17.  Reservations are required, as space is limited. Purchase tickets at the online shop at www.shop.alexandriava.gov or by calling 703.746.4994 or 707.746.3891.

 

 

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, e-mail Nicole.Quinn@alexandriava.gov or call 703.746.4554, or Virginia Relay 711

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