Social Favor & Local Flavor: The Firehouse of the 1800s
Learn about the firehouses, fire apparatus and equipment of the 1800s, as you explore a reproduction interior of a firehouse from that period.
Behold the grandeur and craftsmanship of the firehouses of the past, as you walk around a reproduction firehouse interior and examine the locally donated artifacts on exhibit. Learn how being a fireman “opened doors” for many men socially during the 1800s. Discover how the firehouse of the 1800s became the social meeting place for the community during this era. Learn how firemen gave their fire apparatus nicknames and try to “Name That Fire Engine” in the interactive portion of the exhibit. Or pass the downtime as the firefighters did, by playing a game of checkers or cards, using the period reproduction objects you’ll find.
The exhibit is representative of the local firehouses of Hudson during the 1800s. Discover who the patrons of the local firehouses were and learn about the history of each firehouse. This section of the exhibit was done with the assistance of students from the Hudson City School District, who participated in the after-school Museum studies program.