Docent-Led Tour of Friendship Firehouse Museum On September 9
Come Saturday, September 9 for an in-depth guided tour of Friendship Firehouse Museum and learn about the Friendship Fire Company’s firefighting procedures and equipment, as well as the different roles the organization played in serving the community. The tour is from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. at 107 South Alfred Street.
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, Friendship’s mid-19thcentury 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. In the firehouse Meeting Room ceremonial artifacts are exhibited such as helmets, capes and other regalia.
The docent-led tour is for ages 10 and older. Admission is $5 for adults and $4 ages 10-17. Reservations are required, as space is limited. Purchase tickets at the online shop at shop.alexandriava.gov or by calling 703.746.3891.