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Friendship Firehouse Museum
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Exhibitions at Friendship Firehouse Museum

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The Engine Room

The Engine Room on the first floor houses hand-drawn fire engines, leather water buckets, a locally-made hose reel, axes, sections of early rubber hose and other historic fire-fighting equipment. An exhibition discusses the development of fire-fighting technology and other fire companies that have served the citizens of Alexandria.

The second floor Meeting Room is furnished the way it was during the late 19th century, the real heyday of Friendship as a community organization. On view here are various ceremonial objects such as parade uniforms, capes, banners and other regalia. George Washington's association with the Friendship Fire Company, honored by members for over 200 years, is symbolized by several images of him throughout the museum.

A highlight of the collection is the Rodgers Pumper, a Suction Engine or Hand Pumper built for Friendship by John Rodgers of Baltimore in 1851. Learn more about the pumper from “The Friendship Pumper” by Kris Lloyd, Antiques in Alexandria 1999.

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The Rogers Pumper, 1851

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The Rogers Pumper, detail The Rogers Pumper, detail The Rogers Pumper, detail

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Hose Reel

Friendship, Hand Pump
Hose Reel

Friendship, Axes

Fire Bucket
Fire Bucket

Friendship, Speaking Horn
Speaking Horn


Friendship Firehouse Museum
107 S. Alfred Street
Alexandria, Virginia 22314

Museum Hours
Saturday and Sunday
1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Closed: New Year's Day, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
Admission - $2.00