Friendship Firehouse Museum in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia

Free Tours of Gadsby’s Tavern Museum and Other Historic Alexandria Museums

On Monday, February 20, the nation’s largest George Washington Birthday parade marches a one-mile route through the streets of Old Town Alexandria. With nearly 3,500 participants, this community parade honors one of the Alexandria’s favorite sons. The Parade’s Grand Marshal will be Retired Police Chief Earl Cook, and the special guest is Olympic silver medal winner boxer Shakur Stevenson. For information about participating units, parking, maps, route and status, visit this link or call 703.829.6640.

The same day, several Historic Alexandria sites will celebrate by hosting special open houses with free admission. Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, 134 North Royal Street, the Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Museum, 105-107 South Fairfax Street, and the Friendship Firehouse Museum, 107 South Alfred Street, will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and The Lyceum, Alexandria’s History Museum, 201 South Washington Street, will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visitors may tour these historic sites at no charge on this day.

How did George Washington celebrate his birthday in the ballroom of Gadsby’s Tavern? What was considered luxurious for overnight accommodations in the 18th century? Visitors to Gadsby’s Tavern Museum will find out at the very place George Washington dined and danced.

Visitors to the Apothecary, which opened in 1796, will see its unique collection of herbs and botanicals, while discovering the important role the Apothecary played in early Alexandria. Among the featured display items will be a note from Martha Washington.

At the Friendship Firehouse, first built in 1855 and remodeled in 1871, see hand-drawn fire engines, leather water buckets, axes, sections of early rubber hose and other historic firefighting equipment. The Friendship Fire Company, established in 1774, was Alexandria’s first volunteer fire company and dates to Washington’s time.

 At The Lyceum, visitors can view the new exhibition “Alexandria’s Nurses and Hospitals During the Civil War.” Visitors can also see the recently opened exhibit “The Lyceum: 175 Years of Local History” and the permanent exhibit “Building a Community: Alexandria Past to Present.”

For more information about these events, visit this link.

Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Company
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 on Saturday, July 25, from 11:00 AM – 12:00 Noon 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. To make a reservation, call 703.746.4994, or visit this link.

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-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. In the firehouse Meeting Room ceremonial artifacts such as helmets, capes and other regalia, are exhibited alongside the room’s original furniture.

Friendship Firehouse Museum is located at 107 South Alfred Street in Old Town, Alexandria. The site is open from 1-4:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays; closed on major holidays. The museum is owned and operated by the City of Alexandria, and managed by the City’s Office of Historic Alexandria. Special programming is offered throughout the year. For more information about the museum, visit this link; or contact the museum by calling 703.746.3891.

(Photo by kalacaw, on Flickr)

Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Company
The Friendship Firehouse Museum is free for fathers and their families on Father’s Day. The firehouse photographer will be on duty, so dads can take home a complimentary photograph. Come have a family portrait taken alongside the historic equipment that fought fires in early 19th– century Alexandria. See the locally-made hose reel, and find out about artifacts such as hose buckets and axes. Youngsters will also receive a fire hat of their very own.

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 their ornate hose reel carriage that was made in Alexandria, and learn about the company as a fraternal organization and its 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 ceremonialartifacts such as helmets, capes and other regalia, are exhibited alongside the room’s original furniture.

Friendship Firehouse Museum is located at 107 South Alfred Street in Old Town, Alexandria. The site is open from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM on Saturdays and Sundays; closed on major holidays. The museum is owned and operated by the City of Alexandria, and managed by the City’s Office of Historic Alexandria. Special programming is offered throughout the year.

For more information, visit this link or contact the museum by calling 703.746.3891.

(Photo by kalacaw, on Flickr)

Friendship Firehouse, Alexandria, VAMothers and their families are admitted free at the Friendship Firehouse Museum this Mother’s Day, Sunday May 10 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. For this special day, the firehouse photographer will be taking complimentary portraits. Come pose alongside the historic equipment that fought fires in early 19th – century Alexandria.

Learn about the suction pumper, and other artifacts such as parade hats and speaking trumpets. Youngsters will also receive a fire hat of their very own. Telephone 703.746.4994, or visit this link for more information.

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 their ornate hose reel carriage that was made in Alexandria, and learn about the company as a fraternal organization and its 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 such as helmets, capes and other regalia, are exhibited alongside the room’s original furniture.

Friendship Firehouse Museum is located at 107 South Alfred Street in Old Town, Alexandria. The site is open from 1-4 pm on Saturdays and Sundays; closed on major holidays. The museum is owned and operated by the City of Alexandria, and managed by the City’s Office of Historic Alexandria. Special programming is offered throughout the year.

For more information see www.friendshipfirehouse.net.; or contact the museum by calling 703.746.3891.

Friendship Fire Company members prepare to participate in a parade in Alexandria, Virginia

Friendship Fire Company members prepare to participate in a parade in Alexandria, Virginia (Circa 1905)

In honor of the Friendship Firehouse Festival which is happening THIS Saturday, here’s a look back at the first volunteer fire company in Alexandria.

While no longer an active firefighting organization, the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association continues as one of the oldest fire companies in the country. The Association promotes fire and life safety education programs, awards scholarships, and maintains historic firefighting artifacts at the Friendship Firehouse Museum. The firehouse, located at 107 South Alfred Street in Old Town Alexandria, is open Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, visit www.friendshipfirehouse.net. To read an early history of the Friendship Fire Company, click this link (PDF file).

Friendship Firehouse

Friendship Firehouse by Wayne Thume, on Flickr

The annual Friendship Firehouse Festival will include vendor and exhibit displays on the street in front of the firehouse, and tours of the firehouse museum. The Alexandria Fire Department will have fire engines, fire trucks and a medic unit on display. There will also be a cake cutting ceremony, delicious cake, and free fire helmets for the children, All in celebration of Friendship‘s 240th birthday. Free! 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Friendship Firehouse is located at 105 South Alfred Street in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. For more information, please visit www.friendshipfirehouse.net or call 703.746.4994.

Happy Mothers Day

The Friendship Firehouse Museum, located at 107 South Alfred Street in Old Town, is free for mothers and their families on Mother’s Day.

Mothers can take home a complimentary photograph. The firehouse photographer will be on hand to take portraits of families as they stand alongside the historic equipment that fought fires in early 19th – century Alexandria. Come see the suction pumper, and find out about artifacts, such as parade hats and speaking trumpets. Youngsters will also receive a fire hat of their very own!

For further information, please visit www.friendshipfirehouse.net or call 703.746.4994.

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