The Friendship Fire Company was established in 1774, as the first volunteer fire company in Alexandria. The current firehouse was built in 1855, was substantially remodeled in 1871, and was restored by the City of Alexandria in 1992.
Gadsby's Tavern Museum, ca. 1785 tavern and the 1792 City Hotel. Named for Englishman John Gadsby who operated them from 1796 to 1808. The center of political, business, and social life in early Alexandria. The tavern was the setting for dancing assemblies, theatrical and musical performances. George Washington's inaugural ball was held here. Other prominent patrons included John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, and the Marquis de Lafayette.