In a town with mostly wooden buildings and open fires provided heat, light, and cooking, fires were a constant occurrence. Alexandria’s volunteer fire companies served the public particularly during huge blazes in 1821, 1855, 1871, and 1922.
Established in 1774, the Friendship Fire Company was the first volunteer fire company in Alexandria. It built its first firehouse in 1855, which was substantially remodeled in 1871 and restored by the City of Alexandria in 1992. The old firehouse now houses historic firefighting equipment and exhibits.
The Friendship Firehouse Museum is located at 107 S. Alfred Street and is open on Saturday and Sunday 1-4 pm. They also have an open house on Presidents’ Day, Fathers’ Day and Mothers’ Day. The Friendship Veterans Fire Engine Association holds its Firehouse Festival on the first Saturday in August.
This popular family event celebrates the founding of the Friendship Fire Company and features antique and modern fire apparatus, public safety exhibitors, craft booths, and displays by Alexandria artists. They also have some fun activities for kids to enjoy.
Properties in Potomac Yard
$604,000 : 1607 Potomac Greens Dr #A, Alexandria 22314
2 beds, 2 full baths
Living area: 1,216 sqft
Year built: 2000
Days on Market: 54
$895,000 : 708 Catts Tavern Dr, Alexandria 22314
4 beds, 2 full, 1 half baths
Living area: 2,294 sqft
Year built: 1998
Days on Market: 2
$949,000 : 1719 Potomac Greens Dr, Alexandria 22314
3 beds, 3 full, 1 half baths
Living area: 2,436 sqft
Year built: 2005
Days on Market: 68