Where would I go if I had to do a report on dalmatians, ladders, and hoses?
Answers after the jump…
You could learn about all these things and more at the Boston Fire Museum! The museum occupies an old firehouse at 344 Congress St in the Forte Point district in Southie. This museum preserves and displays fire fighting memorabilia from the Greater Boston area, educates and informs the general public on fire safety, and supports the fire service.
The museum has displays and photos of firefighting equipment, alarms, vehicles (“engines”), and other artifacts. The museum is open on Saturdays from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm and is free (but they take donations). It is run completely by volunteers from the Boston Sparks Association. The Boston Sparks restores and maintains the building, designated in the National Register of Historic Places as the “Congress Street Fire Station.”
I’m always impressed with the number of historic places in Southie. That should maybe be another question! How many nationally registered historic places are there in South Boston?
A simple google search provided a “meetup” of the Atlas Obscura Association at the Fire Museum on September 15, 2012. According to this page, you can see Boston’s first “rolling fire pump, made by Paul Revere and his apprentice Ephraim Thayer.” Have you heard of the Molasses Tank Disaster? Neither have I! It sounds like the Boston Fire Museum is definitely something to check out, and right in Southie’s backyard.
For more information check out their website at http://www.bostonfiremuseum.com/.