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New England Photos

A photo essay of life,sights and history in New England. Including some of the lesser known things and some of the down-right obscure. A new photo added every one to two days. Click on the photos to see a larger picture. There are more pictures in the archive.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

South Hadley Old Fire House Museum

South Hadley, MA - The Fire District No. 1 Firehouse was constructed in 1888-89. In addition to a firehouse it was also used as a polling place, a theater, a graduate site, a meeting hall and a social hall. This firehouse was used until 1974 when a new firehouse was built in Newton Street. In 1974 the Historical Society was chartered for the purpose of preserving the Old Firehouse. The Firehouse Museum was dedicated on July 3, 1976.
The museum is staffed by volunteers, all belonging to the South Hadley Historical Society. They are always looking for memorabilia to add to their collection; so if you have something historically significant they will be more than happy to display it in their museum.


The Old Firehouse, the bell from the tower was moved to the new firehouse.


Here is a 19th century hand pumper and a 1926 Dodge Fire Engine.


A motorized Ice Saw.


South Hadley Electrical Department display.

There is much more, I can't give it all away. There are somethings I will use in a future posting(you will just have to wait and see).

I just happened to stumble on the museum when it was opened for someone to make a donation to the displays.

Hours are: MAY - SEPT. 1:30 - 4:00
JULY - AUG WED 1:30 - 4:00

There is no admission charge but donations are welcome.

Info from museum handout.

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South Hadley Old Fire House Museum

2 Comments:

At 9:40 AM, Blogger Bob Judge said...

Bill:

Thank you for your fine story! I have posted it at http://southhadleyhistoricalsociety.blogspot.com/2009/11/tuesday-november-24-2009-south-hadley.html.

- Bob Judge
Member
S. Hadley Historical Society

 
At 12:10 PM, Blogger boliyou said...

I've been enjoying your photos as a way of finding new and interesting places to see in New England.

Thanks, and happy Thanksgiving.

 

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