Friendship Firehouse

Friendship Firehouse (HM26IN)

Location: Alexandria, VA 22314
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N 38° 48.319', W 77° 2.96'

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City of Alexandria Est. 1749

In an 18th century town of mostly wooden buildings, where open flames provided heat, light and cooking on a daily basis, Alexandrians constantly faced the danger of fire. Water to fight fires had to be carried in buckets from nearby wells, town pumps, or creeks. Early fire apparatus allowed water to be hand-pumped and sprayed into a building or onto its roof, hopefully preventing it from spreading to the houses next door. However, the engines were not very powerful and had to be pulled by hand to the fire by hard-working volunteers.

The Friendship Fire Company was established in 1774 as the first firefighting organization in Alexandria, and their equipment was stored at Market Square. As Alexandria grew, other fire companies formed, and Friendship moved a new firehouse on Alfred Street that survives today as the Friendship Firehouse Museum, one half block south. Volunteers of Friendship, Sun, Relief, Hydraulion and other local fire companies served the city faithfully for decades, particularly during enormous blazes in 1827, 1855, 1871, and 1922. Over time, as buildings grew taller, the old volunteer companies were replaced by a paid professional fire department.

The Friendship Firehouse was built in 1855 and subsequently remodeled in 1871, when a huge steeple was replaced by a lower cupola, topped with a firefighter

weathervane. In 1992, the Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association gifted the building to the City of Alexandria, and it is now open to the public.
HM NumberHM26IN
Placed ByCity of Alexandria
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Date Added Monday, April 2nd, 2018 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 322051 N 4297167
Decimal Degrees38.80531667, -77.04933333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 48.319', W 77° 2.96'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 48' 19.14" N, 77° 2' 57.6" W
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Area Code(s)202, 703, 571
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 900 VA-7, Alexandria VA 22314, US
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